I so desperately want to see God perform miracles. I wish that in my life He would work the same way that He did at times in the bible. Why doesn’t He?
There is much speculation to this, but an answer that I have heard that I think is extremely true is that we would find a way to explain it and not give God credit for what He has done. We live in a world that is looking for signs of God’s power and yet we don’t want to see it. We have found ways to explain naturally what God is doing even when it may be supernatural. Does this mean that God is not working supernaturally in our world? By no means. He still is. All over the world He is still working the same as He has from the beginning. I believe though for many of us especially here in the United States, we either can’t see it anymore or we don’t want to.
In Joshua Chapter 3 God performs a miracle. He parts the Jordan so that the Israelites could cross on dry ground. This is the second time that God parted a body of water for His people. In this one though there is an interesting instruction that God gives and it was this:
“When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark; do not go near it.” Joshua 3:3-4
Why did He tell them the exact distance to stand from the ark and that they should not go near it? Scholars have speculated about this for years but I believe it was for this reason: that the people would be focused on God’s work and not their own actions. They had to stand a specific distance away so they could see God at work and understand that He was in the middle of what was going on and it had nothing to do with them. At this distance the whole community would be witness to God’s miracle.
God still performs miracles today. Maybe not exactly the same way as He did when He parted the water but He is still at work. My bet is that there is a good chance you just need to step back for a minute so you can see that it is Him who is working. So take a look at your life. See what God is doing. I bet He is working miracles right now. We just have to see it!