Missions Misunderstood » Blog Archive » Does God Still Do Miracles?

Posted December 13th, 2006 by E. Goodman

One of the things I’ve noticed over the years is how much more accepting missionaries are of spiritual things than are most of the people in the pews back home. I’m pretty sure this has to do with the fact that here on the field, we’re forced to rely on God for everything; we depend on Him for understanding, direction, and personal identity. Few of us have big churches or strong Bible study groups for support. When God moves in the States, He’s competing with all the other “Christian stuff” that the church is into. When we see Him at work on the field, we take note; God allowing us to see what He’s doing is affirmation to our calling and motivation for our perseverance.

So to the Godly (yet sheltered) people at home, us missionaries might come across as a little bit “charismatic.” Just a little “liberal.” Anyone who has struggled to learn a second (or third, or fourth) language believes that God still moves supernaturally through languages. If you were to ask the majority of Southern Baptists in the U.S. whether God still does miracles, I bet most would say yes, but few would be able to give examples from their own lives.

I’m not accusing anyone of anything here. I know that there are people in the States who are very much in tune with the Holy Spirit, and see supernatural things all the time. I just wanted to point out another are where I feel misunderstood.

So does God still do miracles? Real miracles? Make time stand still? Raise people from the dead? Plagues? Restore sight? Smite deceitful, disobedient people? I think He does.

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