What is your definition of a miracle?
When God does something in answer to prayer, which we cannot do ourselves, we usually call that a miracle. Don’t you agree?
The Lord spoke to an Evangelist, by the name of Oral Roberts, back in the 1950’s, “Tell My people to expect a miracle every day.” As a result, thousands of bumper stickers were issued, which simply read:
EXPECT A MIRACLE
Oral Roberts has gone on to glory, but this message from the Lord is still relevant today. The reason is because it is not only a revelation from God, but it also tells us something about the nature of God. God wants to do things for us that no one else can do. He wants to do miracles for us, so that He can receive all the glory for them. He wants to be glorified in your life!
Now some have said that the Day of Miracles has passed – that God no longer performs miracles today. In this regard, we think particularly of healing miracles. However, this also includes anything that is of a supernatural nature. So what is the answer to this question: Has the Day of Miracles passed?
Gideon had the same question. He also wondered if those days had passed. In the past God had delivered Israel from Egypt with mighty signs and wonders and miracles. Do you recall the ten plagues that were brought upon the land of Egypt, through the hand of Moses, or the parting of the Red Sea?
Even after entering the promised land, God wrought great miracles for the people of Israel: the Jordan River parted, the formidable walls of Jericho fell down flat, and the sun did not set for a whole day until Joshua had revenge on his enemies.
After Moses and Joshua died, Israel found itself once again under military oppression. This time it was the Midianites who constantly raided their land and stole everything they could from them. The people cried out to the Lord, and He sent an angel to Gideon:
“And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!’
“Gideon said to Him, ‘O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all of this happened to us? And where are all of His MIRACLES which our fathers told us about, saying, “Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?” But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hand of the Midianites’ ” (Joshua 6:12-13 NKJV, emphasis mine).
Through the angel’s visit, Gideon was about to find the key to receiving a miracle from God. He was also about to discover something about the nature of God.
That day God called Gideon to deliver Israel from the oppression of the Midianites. As a result, he blew the trumpet and summoned the men of Israel to fight against their great army which filled the entire valley. Thirty-two thousand men responded to his call.
It was at this point that Gideon was about to learn his first lesson from the Lord about the conditions under which He would perform a miracle:
“And the Lord said to Gideon, ‘The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me’ ” (Judges 7:2 NKJV).
The first thing Gideon learned was that God will not do a miracle for you, if you can do it yourself. The reason God does a miracle is so that He will get all the glory for it! God then told Gideon to send all those who were fearful and afraid away, and twenty-two thousand men returned to their homes. Only ten thousand men remained!
“But the Lord said to Gideon, ‘The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there’ ” (Judges 7:4 NKJV).
God often puts us in a position where the circumstances make it absolutely impossible to do anything for ourselves. He is the God of the impossible, and that is where He shines the best.
“So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, ‘Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink’ ” (Judges 7:5 NKJV).
Only three hundred men were left!
“Then the Lord said to Gideon, ‘ By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand’ ” (Judges 7:7 NKJV).
Basically God chose those men who held onto their weapon with one hand, and lapped the water from their other hand. He used the men who knew how to be ready to fight! God used these three hundred men, through a mighty miracle, to bring victory to Gideon.
“Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers – they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing – and they cried, ‘The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!’ And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled” (Judges 7:20-21 NKJV).
In the end, the entire armies of the Midianites were destroyed. Through this victory, Gideon learned that there never was a Day of Miracles. There was and is and forever will be a God of miracles and He never changes.
“For I am the Lord, I DO NOT CHANGE; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob” (Malachi 3:6 NKJV, emphasis mine).
Aren’t you glad God never changes? He is still the God of miracles. He will do everything He has promised to do. You can expect a miracle today. Jesus said all you have to do is ask:
“And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14 NKJV).
Ask God for a miracle today – something you cannot do yourself! Then thank Him for it, until you see it come to pass. As you see miracles come to pass from day to day, your faith will grow, and you will be able to believe Him for even greater miracles.
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture verses have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]