Our Miraculous God
Personally I find it incredibly encouraging that the disciples who walked with Jesus and saw firsthand the miracles that He performed were a bit slow in understanding this other supernatural dimension that He walked in. It seems to me that Jesus deliberately did things to try to get them to reframe what they considered was possible for God. It is clear that He is not limited to the basic principles of this World, and also that He operates out of the Earthly program doing things that we will never comprehend with our natural minds. We ‘know’ what is possible, and what Jesus and eventually His disciples did is ridiculous, even offensive to our natural minds, in terms of what should be able to happen.
In Mathew chapter 14 we see Jesus feed 5,000 men plus women and children by multiplying 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. In terms of what we ‘know’ is possible this really is mind bending. My Bibles then say that He made them get into the boat and go ahead of Him across the Lake. Why did He do this? We know He went to pray following this astounding miracle. I believe He was still working on them moving from what they understood was naturally possible into God’s realm where nothing is too hard. Nothing. About the 4th watch (3.00 am) He came walking on the water of the Lake. Of course they were incredibly frightened. Notably Peter was prepared to try to trust Jesus in stepping into this impossible dimension.
Mathew 14: 28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water.”
29 “All right, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
30 But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
31 Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him. “You don’t have much faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
The point is that Peter stepped into another dimension by obeying the Word of Jesus and DID move supernaturally for a time. It was only when he considered the natural circumstances that he began to sink.
Jesus did many miracles to challenge our thinking of what is possible in God through us. These examples are there to get us to think beyond what we see and hear in this Worldly dimension, and to move us into God’s World which really operates outside of this Earthly program. Imagine getting coins from a fish’s mouth to pay the temple tax. To our natural thinking that is just strange!
Even after all they had seen later when Jesus fed the four thousand with, this time seven loaves and a few small fish, He challenges them on their ‘little faith.’ He asks them why they still don’t understand. In other words why are they still thinking along natural lines? The challenge from Jesus seems to be, “don’t you get it yet?” They reasoned amongst themselves.
Indeed this is much of the problem we have with not seeing more miracles coming from the Word of God. It is a bit like modern foods, man tampers with it and processes it until there is not much goodness left in it. We tend to do this by trying to reason out the Word of God, process it, until there is nothing good left in it. We just need to receive it exactly how it was given, without trying to work it out, and we WILL see much more of the power of our miraculous God.