Don’t you just love that catchy song, “I Believe In Miracles“…it starts off in your head and it’s hard to get it out! Maybe that’s a good thing 😉
What is the purpose of a Miracle?
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. ACTS 9:36-42
First of all, I believe that Peter was gripped with compassion. He saw the impact that Tabitha had on the people in her community…and was moved by it.
He interceded for her, on His knees, behind closed doors.
Once He got the Word from God, he spoke it out loud, “Tabitha, get up.” That can only be a Word from God…Peter had no power to give life only to speak out that which He heard from God. Only God.
He presented the gift of Tabitha back to those who greatly missed her.
Purpose? Well, in addition to the answer to Peter’s compassion, many people believed in the Lord!
It makes me think two things.
1. Is what I do so valuable to the Lord that He would not let me leave to be with Him because there is still more valuable work to be done through my hands?
2. Most miracles that I observe usually brings many to believe in God… beyond any doubt.
Prayer: Lord, let all that I do be valuable to You. And Lord let the signs and wonders be many…not for me to see and goo-gah over them but so that many would believe! In Jesus Name let it be. Amen.