GOD’S MIRACLES: EXCITING AND SOMETIMES FUN
God’s miracles, as depicted in the Bible, are never boring. They carry a level of excitement that far surpasses any sort of “man-made” invention. Such miracles make fun of unbelief, which is basically man’s way of saying “I’m smarter than God.” Take, for example, the Tower of Babel story in Genesis chapter 11.
This tale is about a group of people who decided to build a tower that would reach all the way to heaven. They did it in order to make a name for themselves, even though it made no sense. After all, they were the only ones on earth. Who were they doing it for? The Bible doesn’t tell us. But oh, what blood and sweat and tears must have gone into those bricks!
“We’re the men who won’t be moved! Ist das nicht wunderbar?” Suddenly one man’s English became another man’s German.
“Nin hao. What did you say? Nin jiao shenme mingze?”
“No comprendo. No te olvides lo que hacemos aqui.”
One person spoke Chinese. Another chattered in Spanish. Can you picture the confused men running around like chipmunks, trying to communicate in sign language?
How ridiculous it is to go against God and think that you can win! The truth is, no one stands a chance against God’s miracles, which are like wrecking balls, thwarting evil plans. That’s what happened at Babel. Mankind’s “unification” scheme was demolished. As funny as it may have appeared, however, it can’t compare to the miracles Jesus did. For the group at Babel scattered, Jesus’ miracles brought wholeness. The healing of a crippled man is one example.
Through the Roof
People heard sawing. Pieces of wood fell from above as the ceiling began to cave in. Then someone cried, “Look out below!”
“How a I going to pay for this?” the house owner wondered as the crippled man came into view. The poor guy lay immobile on the mat, inside that crowded house. He said nothing, but his friends expected Jesus to do a miracle.
How they must have smiled to hear Jesus tell the paralyzed man, “Be of good cheer. Your sins are forgiven”!
The religious guys wondered how he could say such a thing. To their surprise, Jesus healed the man and sent him on his way.
What if, as he picked up his mat to leave, one end accidentally smacked a grumbler in the face?
When God does miracles, people’s rotten attitudes turn to toast. That’s what makes them fun.
God’s Sense of Humor
The idea that God’s miracles can evoke humor in the mind of those who read them is supported by scripture. Besides verses such as Nehemiah 8:10, which says that “The joy of the LORD is your strength,” and Proverbs 17:22, which states that “A merry heart does good like a medicine,” consider this passage in Psalms chapter 2, beginning with verse 1:
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”
God’s miracles are what humble and shock His enemies. Like the nannies lined up with their black umbrellas in the movie “Mary Poppins,” they find themselves blown away – not by some strange magic but by the wind of the Holy Spirit, through whom all things are possible, if you believe.