Sunday, May 20, 2018

Are Miracles Real?

Mark 5:22รข€“43, Christ converses with a woman of great faith

What do you think about miracles? Are they real? Do miraculous things happen today? The dictionary defines a miracle in part as, "a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws, and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency."

Mormons, or Later-day Saints, believe in miracles, and know that the source of all miracles is our Father in heaven. He is the constructor of miracles, the provider of all blessings, and the author of every good thing in heaven and earth. He loves us all more than we are able to understand fully or comprehend. But we can feel that love.

In the Book of Mormon, there is a passage of scripture in the book of Moroni that asks, "...have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men."

Yet, there is a part for us to do if we will see miracles in our lives. The Book of Mormon also teaches us, "And neither at any time hath any wrought miracles until after their faith; wherefore they first believed in the Son of God."

Do you believe in the Son of God? This is Jesus Christ. He is capable of completing and performing miracles in our lives because he has atoned for all our sins, sorrows, discomforts, and utter disappointments. When he walked the earth he went about blessing the children of God with all manner of miracles and healing of every kind. And He did all these things in the Father's name. He never deviated from Heavenly Father's will. This is what made him the only perfect person to ever walk the earth. He has all power in His hands.

Then why do we sometimes feel that miracles are not happening in our lives or in the way we hope? Why does it sometimes seem that Heaven is closed to us, and it might be easier to believe that none of this really exists. Maybe miracles are just luck in disguise. Maybe there is really no rhyme or reason to the events in and surrounding our lives.

This is not so. It simply isn't true. God is in the very details of our lives. He loves us and knows what is best for us. I have had times in my life when I wanted to force a miracle. I wanted to command God to do what I thought was best because I had tried to do all that He had asked, and it just didn't seem fair that I should suffer to such a great extent. I couldn't see that there was a greater miracle happening inside of me because of my trial. I was being refined, and God knew that if he relieved me of that refining fire, I would not be free. I would not have a new heart and eyes to see what was really important. I would not be a partaker of the greater miracle of knowing without a shadow of a doubt that He was there for me. He did have miracles in store, and His perfect Son would see me through to the end.

Believe in Jesus Christ. Study His life. Pray to Heavenly Father, and ask if all these things are true, and in His time He will answer your prayers. Look for the miracles and blessings in your life right now, and thank God for them. He knows what you need. He will reward every act of faith. Your darkest hour will become your brightest day as you look to Him to guide your future. He is closer than you know. I testify that there are miracles today just as in times of old. The stories of the Bible and Book of Mormon are not just history, but evidence that these things can and do happen today. With faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for you, anything is possible.

And you can know it every day of your life.

Posted by Brooke Kamalu-Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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