So, I had a thought as I read this passage today. There are a lot of people in the world who do not believe that miracles still happen. They do not believe that the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament is the same today as He was then. I have heard it said that this is because it is no longer necessary because we have the scriptures that teach us all we need to know.
My first response to that is that the Jews had scriptures too. The books they had were full of miracles. The miracles of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And yet, Jesus Christ lived among them healing the sick, raising the dead and cleansing the unclean.
After Christ died and was resurrected the apostles continued in that way.
And here is where my focus was this morning.
15 And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do ano miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.
I think we do have a tendency to go to the scriptures and we find miracle after miracle but since we haven’t seen something we recognize as a miracle in our own lives we might think that miracles no longer happen. But this morning I thought, if these things hadn’t been written by an apostle we would have no idea of them. Most of the miracles that Christ performed were witnessed by very few. Most of the miracles in the whole history of the world that we have a record of were witnessed by a very few. Even the Red Sea parting had a very small audience when compared to the population of the world. Yet we believe that it happened.
The healing of the leper, the raising of Lazarus only a couple of people saw, yet we believe. Why then is it so difficult to believe that these things are happening regularly all around us, but we just don’t realize it.
Now Moroni goes on in verse 20
21 Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, awhatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this bpromise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.
I wonder about the wording here and I need to do a little research but so often God’s hand is in our lives and we don’t realize or recognize it. And I wonder if what Moroni is saying here is that we don’t see the wondrous things because we don’t believe that they can happen and so we just write things off as good luck or something unexplainable rather than giving thanks to the God who is intimately involved in the details of our lives. I don’t know how that is possible but I have seen enough evidences of it in my own life that I can’t deny it.
I think we should be looking every day for God’s miracles that are all around us. And make a record of them and be full of gratitude for them because I know that that way of thinking will lead us to be even more aware of the help and guidance we are getting in our own lives and the lives of those around us.