|“If God is able to make everything that happens to us work together for our good, then ultimately everything that happens to us is good. We must be careful to use the word ultimately. On the earthly plane things that happen to us may indeed be evil. …Yet God in His goodness transcends all these things and works them out to our good. For the Christian, ultimately, there are no tragedies.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“The signs of a true apostle were performed among you in all patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.” 2 Corinthians 12:12
During the ministries of Elijah and Elisha the Hebrews witnessed a rash of miracles, possibly more than during any other period in the nation’s history. The preponderance of these took place among the ten northern tribes of the divided kingdom. Why God showered His people with this season of miracles is a matter of conjecture, but one thing we do know. The Northern Kingdom of Israel had no good kings. Although the leadership was bad, the people had no excuse in following the practices of pagan religions. God manifested His power mightily in their midst for all to see. The miracles, therefore, became for the people either an anchor in the midst of unbelief, or a testimony of God’s power that would later judge them.
Miracles generally appear at critical moments in the history of God’s people, such as the Exodus and the life of our Lord. Paul notes that miracles accompanied the expansion of the early church, authenticating the message of the apostles. There is something appealing about the thought of being privy to God’s miracles. People travel great distances at great expense when they suspect that His miraculous works are evident. There may be times when your heart longs for outward manifestations of His power. Remember, if they are for you, you are asking Him to let you walk by sight rather than faith, and the degree that He shows Himself mighty on your behalf, you will be that much more accountable in the day of judgement.
2 Chronicles 32-33 John 18:19-40 (New King James Version)
2 Chronicles 32-33
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