April 28, 2006 • By Ed Wrather
When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, "Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?" So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Now He did not do many mighty works (miracles - NIV) there because of their unbelief. - Matthew 13:54-58.
Carolyn Holt had a heart attack while driving and crashed into a guardrail near St. Louis, Missouri. This could have very well been the end of her life except that an automated external defibrillator sales representative was passing by at the time and there were also two nurses that stopped to help. The defibrillator salesman, Steve Earle, said, "When I saw what was happening, I jumped out and instinctively grabbed the AED, just in case." He was able to use the device to bring the heart to a normal rhythm. The two nurses performed CPR until the AED was successfully used. Mary Blome, one of the nurses said, "Two RNs, a man that was able to get her out of the vehicle, and the man with the AED - that just doesn't happen." Carolyn is in a hospital recovering from her heart attack and accident.
No, it was not an accident that as Mary Blome said there were immediately on the scene, "Two RNs, a man that was able to get her out of the vehicle, the man with the AED." Let’s call it what it was, a miracle. It was a miracle! It was an amazing, wonderful miracle! Praise God! Praise Him for His intervention in this situation. Only God could have brought about what happened, it was a miracle. We can be thankful too for the courage of the four people who rushed to the aid of the trapped victim. It takes courage to go to the aid of someone trapped in a vehicle or even to go up to a vehicle that has just been involved in an accident. In this situation, you have to believe that they all knew they were in the right place at the right time for a very good reason and that it was no accident. It was a miracle!
There is no question that in this instance that what happened was a miracle. Perhaps a better question is why there are not more miracles? We know that sometimes it is not God’s will (1 John 5:14-15). However, it appears that God is ready to move and wants to move in many situations and yet nothing happens. Why? Perhaps it is the same reason that Jesus could not perform "many mighty works" or "miracles" as the NIV puts it, in His hometown. The reason given for there not being many miracles was because of their "unbelief.” It may be that this is the same reason there are not more miracles today. Because so many people do not believe and even when there is an obvious miracle, they try to explain it away and give the credit to coincidence or to something else.
What about in your life? Have there been any miracles? If not, it could be because it is not His will and God has said "No" or He has said to "Wait." However, it could be a lack of belief. It may be that you do not believe God can perform a miracle in your life. Yes, you may believe He can perform miracles in the lives of other people but just not in your life. If that is the situation, I urge you to repent of your unbelief and believe. Believe that God can perform miracles not only in the lives of other people but in your life as well. Remember, it was no accident - it was a miracle!