The Bible is a book filled with miracle stories. The greatest miracle of all is the historical record of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For it was that event that continues to offer believers their own miracle – peace with God and eternal life. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” (John 11:25, ESV). And because He was raised from the dead, we can trust that what He said was true.
But the Bible tells of many other miraculous stories. Moses parted the Red Sea (Ex 14). Jonah survived in the belly of a giant fish for three days (Jonah 2). Daniel’s three friends emerged unharmed from Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace (Daniel 3). The people of God were provided manna in the desert for forty years (Ex 16). The Lord prolonged an entire day by stopping the sun in the sky (Joshua 10). Elisha made an iron axehead float on top of the water (2 Kings 6). Peter walked on water (Matt 14) and healed a person with paralysis (Acts 9). Jesus walked on water (Mark 6) and turned water into wine (John 2). He also fed thousands of people (Matt 14) and raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11). And the list goes on and on.
C.S. Lewis defined the miraculous by saying, “I use the word miracle to mean an interference with nature by a supernatural power.” Indeed, everything on the above list accords with Lewis’ definition. But in today’s church age, theological arguments surround the “narrow definition” of miracles and whether or not human agency is still involved in the supernatural works of God. But that is not my concern here. I am concerned with the “broad definition” where Christians universally agree that God continues to act and involve himself with His people. And a primary way we see God work in miraculous ways is through prayer.
A few weeks ago, we saw a weather report that gave us, the Berean Administration, pause. A storm was brewing in the Pacific that meteorologists were calling a “bomb cyclone.” And the bomb cyclone, a storm that would bring an “atmospheric river to the Bay Area,” was scheduled to arrive during our Homecoming festivities. Our festivities included dinner and two hours of outdoor activities for our students. And so, we prayed and asked the Lord to delay the storm until after our event was over. Miraculously, our prayers were answered in a very particular way – the rain began to fall one minute after our event officially ended. Seriously, our event ended at 8 PM, and at 8:01, the sprinkles began. Not 8:10 or Midnight or the next day, the rain started at 8:01. Wow!
Now some may call it a coincidence, but I call it a miracle – an answer to prayer that in a small way caused us to thank the Lord and give Him all the credit for a fantastic event. I trust you will enjoy hearing more about Homecoming and all the other little miracles the Lord is helping us with at the school this fall.
God Bless You,