Miracles are when there is evidence of a supernatural power (requiring a power from outside of nature) in an action or event. God is a spirit (Jn 4:24), not physical or natural, so we should expect that His actions will be super-natural.
But why have miracles?
First, miracles are what made us and all that is physical. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Ge 1:1) – that includes us and even our ability to think about miracles! So, God acting outside of nature (miracles) was necessary for all things to exist and continue to exist (Co 1:16-17). Even atheists have to start with something that then supposedly evolved, but they can’t tell us where that something came from.
Second, God could have created everything, but then left His creation alone – no more super-natural contact from outside of the natural world, no more miracles. But it doesn’t make sense for God to create the world for nothing. From Genesis through Revelation, God is wanting to have a relationship with His creation. That relationship is special with humans who are made “in the image of God” (Ge 1:26-27). So, if that relationship is to exist, God must reach out, from outside of nature, to communicate with, provide for, help, etc. mankind. “’Am I a God near at hand,’ says the Lord, ‘And not a God afar off?’” (Je 23:23).
Third, God used miracles in the form of prophecy to communicate His will to mankind. Because God loves mankind, He wants what is best for them. So, our Creator uses His knowledge, wisdom, and power to help us live the best life possible in body and spirit. His revelation is “for our good always” (De 6:24). Without God’s revealed will, life would be constant trial and error. That is a disaster both physically and spiritually!
Fourth, supernatural things occurred so it can be known who is sent and approved by God. We know who to listen to and follow because God gave power to do super-natural “signs” showing God is with them. Nicodemus said to Jesus, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” (Jn 3:2). John wrote: “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (Jn 20:30-31). Jesus challenged people to look at the miracles He did to see that God had sent Him and that they should listen to Him (Jn 5:36; 10:38; 14:10-11; Mt 12:39-41).
Miracles are the reason we exist and why we believe in the One Who created and saved us!
Next Week: Miracles (3) When? dd