Hearing from God: Part II
I wanted to follow up on my series, Hearing From God. In Part I of the series, we touched on how Pharaoh’s heart was hardened as God showed His glory through the plagues via Moses’ successful efforts at convincing Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.
After the Israelites were freed, they experienced miracles left and right. From giving the Hebrews a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire to guide their travels (Exodus 13: 21-22), parting the Red Sea (Exodus 14) and raining down manna (bread)and quail each day, God showed himself miraculously and yet in still, the Hebrews seemed to reject God whenever things became inconvenient for them.
And like I talked about in the first post of this series, I really think that if I was Pharaoh, I would have had sense enough to realize that it did no good to challenge Moses’ God. But when we fast forward to the Israelites in the wilderness, we see that unless a person’s heart is right, they won’t be able to appreciate the wonder and greatness of God’s miracles.
While talking to a friend, he asked me why we don’t see miracles today, like the ones we see in the Bible, (Parting the Red Sea, people of the Old Testament having one-on-one conversations with God, Daniel and the lion’s den, etc.) My response was that we do see miracles every day. From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, the divine order and beauty of nature along with our ability to love each other and connect with God are all miracles to me. I went on to point out that to some degree, organized religion has distorted God’s purposeful and personal relationship He wants to have with each one of us.
My hunch was that by miracles, my friend was referring to what would be known as a theophany, “a manifestation or appearanace of God or a god to a person.”
I remember crying in church on a number of occasions, asking God to grant me a theophanic experience. And when I look back, I was really asking God to give me confirmation that I was on the right path. Another way to look at it, is to consider a hostage situation where a loved one is being held ransom. Before you negotiate, you want ‘proof of life’ in the form of talking to your loved one, to make sure they are still alive.
For me, I wanted proof of God independent of what the Bible said or through other people’s experiences. But it doesn’t really work like that. I felt that my one big ‘burning bush’ moment would be all I needed to sustain my walk with God forever. I have yet to have a moment like that but it is not until we live for the relationship and not the miracle, that we can truly experience the greatness of God.
So let me ask you, why don’t you think we see miracles to the same scale as we saw in the Bible? (the Old Testament in particular)
What do you consider to be miracles experienced in your own life?
Have you ever waited on a miracle to really jump start your relationship with God?
Let me know,
Stay up fam,