I had an interesting experience recently. I began to pray something to the effect that Christians would be open to the supernatural. Then all of a sudden I realized, mid-prayer, how ridiculous that sounded as it came out of my mouth – praying that we would believe that God could work in supernatural ways.
Merriam-Webster defines God as this:
1 capitalized : the supreme or ultimate reality: as
a : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe
And the supernatural as this:
1 : of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe; especially : of or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil
2 a : departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature
The Creator and Ruler of the universe implies to me that He is indeed supernatural and completely other than man and our human ways.
Why is it a stretch for us to believe that a supernatural being, the Ruler of the universe, could manifest Himself in unexplainable ways? I’m not meaning to sound judgemental at all to those that believe that He doesn’t work that way any more or to those that are struggling to believe it. I’m simply trying to look at it from a logical point of view.
I believe that humans are supernaturally created. Our bodies are absolutely miraculous and shout intelligent design. I don’t think there’s a chance we got this way by accident.
The earth and the universe are indescribable and so perfectly placed it’s undeniable to me that it wasn’t purposeful.
These two things alone display that God is extremely supernatural in His ways. They are are so beyond us. He created something out of nothing. He breathed life into dry bones and put a living soul in each being. Seriously, how amazing is that?!
I believe He is far more capable of things than we think, and that He is longing to co-labor with us to display His glory in the earth. The question is not “can God work supernaturally,” but “will we make space for Him to move?”
C.S. Lewis hits the nail on the head:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
We are too full on the things of this world which leaves little to no hunger left for things of God – His supernatural ways if you will.
Just to clarify: I am not saying that we should merely seek after the supernatural for the sake of seeing unexplainable things and experiences. My heart in this is for the church (the sons and daughters of God) to walk in the fullness of all that He is and all that He extends to His family. We are co-heirs with Christ, walking with the deposit of the Holy Spirit inside of us! Let’s not settle for less, friends. There is always more to know and experience and discover. We will never exhaust His love and wisdom and grace.
Andy Byrd recently said:
“If you know how to do it, your dream’s probably not big enough.”
We should need God to come through for us. We should need the Holy Spirit’s guidance and empowerment daily. We should need more than we can dig up within ourselves if we are actually living a life of faith. Our dreams should bigger than what we can accomplish on our own. Where’s the faith in having goals and ideas and dreams that are within our limits?
May our hearts and minds be open to all that God is and what He does and not just the bits that we can make sense of.
I personally don’t want to worship or give my life to a god that I can fully understand and put in a nice tidy box. I need more than what I can conjure up and explain. I need supernatural wisdom and strength and grace to make it through each day. There’s gotta be more to God than what I see and know.
His Word is filled with stories of His supernatural ways.
Think of Jonah being swallowed by a whale and living to tell the tale.
Remember how He led Israel by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night.
Recall how He parted the Red Sea for His people when they were trapped by their enemies.
What about that time He spoke to Moses through a burning bush that didn’t burn up?
And how about when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into a firey furnace and came out not even smelling like smoke, but the guards that threw them in died because of the extreme heat???
Then there’s David and Goliath (I Samuel 17), Daniel in the lion’s den (Daniel 6), Sarah and Abraham conceiving as an elderly couple (Genesis 21), Samson’s supernatural strength (Judges 13-16), Solomon’s gift of wisdom (I Kings 3), God extending daylight in order for His army to have victory (Joshua 10:12-14), and we haven’t even made it to the New Testament!
To me, I just don’t see how we can create a logic and a theology that says that God doesn’t work the way…well…the way that He’s always shown Himself to work even before He gifted all of His children with the deposit and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
I sure as heck don’t have it all figured out, and I don’t really care if I ever do. I just know that I want to get ahold of all that He is and what He does, as much as I possibly can. He’s the source of life and peace and love and joy, and I want to dive as deep as I possibly can into those realities. I want to really know Him, kind of like David did in the fields as a shepard boy and like Mary listening at Jesus’ feet. I want to walk in step with Him and be a part of what He is doing each and every day, and that’s going to take something beyond me, something dare I say…supernatural.