Miraculous Expectations

Faith contingent on the occurrence of miracles risks disillusion.

Jesus personified perfect compassion, yet he never resurrected every corpse or cured every sick person. He did nothing while John the Baptist, one of his staunchest supporters and his cousin, was imprisoned and later executed.

The apostle Paul asked God to remove a physical malady on three occasions, but his petition was ignored without explanation each time. Paul eventually surmised that God allowed his affliction to persist, because it diminished his self-sufficiency.

In desperate situations, we should pray ceaselessly for positive outcomes, however improbable they may be. God still does wondrous things through miracles and divine providence. But he sovereignly chooses the nature and occasion of these wonders.

Like Paul, we need to accept God’s answers to our prayers, even if a miraculous resolution never materializes.

We must trust that his ideas and methods are superior to ours, that he will generate goodness through our distress, and that he will resolve our situation as he deems best, an appraisal we can truly believe.