The term “miracle” often gets thrown around pretty casually. We often say or hear things like, “It was a miracle I found a parking spot this close!” But miracles are far more significant events than finding a choice parking space or managing to get the last cinnamon crunch bagel.
Rightly understood, a miracle is an extraordinary work of God that suspends the ordinary powers and processes of nature. Examples of miracles in the Bible include the parting of the Red Sea, the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead. These are truly miraculous events that should never be confused with scoring sweet parking spots or snagging delectable bagels. By their very nature, miraculous events are exceedingly rare and so most of us will never get to witness them.
One miracle not to be overlooked however is the miracle of saving faith. This is a miracle that every believer has the privilege of witnessing. The Bible teaches us that we all are born in sin (Psalm 51:5) and that we are therefore spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1). Now just what does this mean to be spiritually dead? Think for a moment about a corpse, a dead body. Not really a pleasant thought is it? It lies there completely lifeless and unmoving, unaware of its surroundings and unresponsive to anything around it. If you were to walk up to it and poke it with your finger, what would happen? Nothing! If you were to threaten it with fire, what would happen? Nothing! If you then whispered to it, yelled at it, appeal to it, or cried over it, what would happen? Nothing!
A dead body remains unaware and unresponsive to the things around it and Paul says that this is just the way we were spiritually. We were spiritually dead, unaware and unresponsive to the truth of God in Jesus Christ. We were unresponsive to the things of God and unable on our own to remedy our spiritual condition. It was a hopeless situation.
But then we read these hopeful words in Ephesians 2:4; “But God!” God intervened and overturned the natural state of things! God, who is rich in mercy and love, acted on that mercy and love and worked a miracle in our hearts. He caused the spiritually dead to live and like the dry bones in Ezekiel’s vision (Ezekiel 37:1-14), breathed life into our lifeless souls. Paul says in Ephesians 2:5-6 that God “made us alive” and “raised us up” with Christ and even “seated us with Him in the heavenly places. “
God gave us this spiritual life and the faith that comes with it as a gift of His grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Without this divine gift, we would still be dead in our trespasses and sins and destined for God’s just wrath. It took nothing less than miracle of God to bring life to my deadened heart. In my lifetime I will probably never be witness to a sea parted or partake of manna from heaven, but may I never tire hearing of the miracle God does in every heart that places its trust in Jesus Christ!