1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.
2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.
3. a wonder; marvel.
4. a wonderful or surpassing example of some quality: a miracle of modern acoustics.
“Every single time God makes childlessness an issue in the Word of God it is always in the context that He is about to perform a miracle. Every time. Sampson’s parents, Abraham and Sarah, Hannah, Zachariah and Elizabeth. Every single time in Scripture He made it an issue he was about to perform a miracle.” - Beth Moore
This quote by Beth Moore rocked my world when I heard it for the first time. A couple years ago a friend gave me one of the DVDs from Beth's Bible Study on Daniel and said that I had to watch it. In this particular lesson, she talked about people struggling with infertility and the examples given in the Bible. It was such an encouragement to me at the time!
Beth tells the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth and the miracle God performed in their lives and marriage by giving them a son in old age.
Beth goes on in her lesson to say: “God never receives more glory than when we can say beyond question, the Lord has done this for me.” She is referring to Elizabeth's statement in Luke when she gives God all the credit for her pregnancy.
I didn't know what miracle God would perform in my life, but I was praying for God to use my infertility to perform a miracle. And I wanted Him to get the glory!
And He did...He performed a miracle AND He received the glory for how Samuel came into our lives.
From time to time I think about this lesson by Beth and the truth that she spoke. I am thankful for the examples in the Bible that we can learn from. I am in awe of how, once again, God used our childlessness as preparation for a miracle. What a privilege to be part of a miracle!
We serve a God who still performs mir⋅a⋅cles today and for that I praise Him!