Welcome Reading Friends and New Subscribers! This is David Telbat, Author of Suspenseful Fiction with a Faith Focus. Portraying miracles in novel Called To Gobi, is meant to remind us of important lessons from the Bible. In an age where spiritualism is more often desired than a relationship with Jesus Christ, I want my intentions to be clear to you, the Christian reader, as to what I imply by writing about miracles.
What is a Miracle?
A true miracle is an event, a phenomenon that defies the laws of nature or physics. Startling achievements of survival, or rescue, or medicine, are not miracles. The world often assigns the phrase, “It was a miracle!” to an assortment of amazing human successes, but this inaccurate labeling only diminishes the actual hand of God when, however subtly, He works His wonders.
I believe God does do miracles today. However, I also believe there are specific purposes behind these works of God, and we will see those purposes below.
Lying Signs will Abound
One of the indications of the End Times is that Satan and his ambassadors (some ignorantly serving so) will counterfeit God’s wonders to perform false miracles to promote evil (identified usually by the way self, humanity, or the earth is magnified). The coming of the Antichrist is parallel to the activity of Satan as he “shows off” his powers, signs, and false wonders (II Thes 2:9).
Knowing that Satan has the power to perform miracles, we can conclude that not all nature-defying phenomenon are from God. But God may allow Satan to do evil deeds in order to prove or test the hearts of people, whether we will remain faithful to Jesus or not.
Three Miracle Principles
To be people of wisdom and discernment, we must be cautious to hear the Word of God in regard to miracles so we may identify God’s purpose behind these wonders, and not be fooled into seeking after what Satan might be doing.
Principle #1: In the Bible, signs and wonders and miracles were done to confirm the Words spoken by God’s inspired prophets and teachers (Hebrews 2:3-4).
Principle #2: Jesus condemned those who sought after signs and wonders for the wrong reasons (Matthew 12:38-39). Why shouldn’t we desire to see physical phenomenon? Because God desires that we exercise faith (belief in something not seen), rather than be convinced by a physical act. If our motivation to believe is based on something we see (a sign/miracle), then that’s not real faith.
Principle #3: God performs miracles in the physical realm to draw attention to His ability to save us spiritually, including to forgive us completely of our sins (Matthew 9:5-6). If you witness an actual miracle by God, it’s not meant to strengthen our grasp of the physical world, but rather to cause us to glorify God’s graciousness beyond the physical world. If God can control the physical events around us, then we should conclude He can certainly be trusted to control our spiritual condition—to reverse our sinful lifestyle and make us pure as His children forever.
Look for God with Me
So, I hope you see that my inclusion of a couple of marvels in Called To Gobi isn’t meant to shock you or promote miracle-seeking. God does miracles today, but they are always performed to promote the Word of God, Jesus Christ, and His ability to aptly handle our spiritual condition.
Sometimes, God chooses not to perform the miraculous simply to encourage us to trust Him for the spiritual insight or lesson or growth, rather than the temporary physical improvement. May each of us look for God in this climatic world, and trust that He is able to save our souls to the utmost!
See you on your knees,
You can read other Author Reflections by D.I. Telbat here.
NOTE: On Oct 16, online newspaper, Christian Books Today, included David’s short story, “Cameroon Honeymoon.” You can enjoy it here through their link under their “Leisure” section.
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