Today I heard Joyce Meyer say, “MIRACLES do not mature you.” I had to think about that one for a while. The more I thought about it, the more I agree with it. She continued by saying that she has only experienced one sovereign, immediate, supernatural miracle in her life. However, God has performed many supernatural things when she faithfully OBEYED His instructions…whether it seemed miraculous or not. You see, the sovereign miracle may have delivered her, but OBEYING God’s instructions delivered her AND matured her.
MIRACLES ARE GREAT but they don’t necessarily MATURE you. I know a lot of Christians that have experienced miracles but haven’t matured in their walk with God. They know God is real but haven’t spent the time it takes to REALLY get to know Him. I’m talking about knowing Him so well that in every circumstance you face, good or bad, you trust Him more than you trust your own feelings, emotions, and judgments. Consequently, immature people spend their entire Christian life in an up-and-down roller coaster ride type of Christianity. They crumble and crash during the hard times and soar like an eagle during the good times. Not good.
To me, a miracle grabs your attention, it jump-starts your faith, it’s an experience you never forget. Maturity however, is what grows you so you can LIVE IN the miraculous. It equips you to move from that jump-start of faith to the blind “stepping out of your comfort zone” kind of faith. Maturity is what moves you from the position of “needing” a miracle to the position of God using you to “deliver” the miracle.
OK, so how do we mature in our walk with God? Well, it all starts when we make the choice to KNOW and TRUST Him and His Word. Time with Him and time in the Word are both essential to this. As we spend time with the Lord, we follow up with obedience, yes obedience. Obedience to His Word in the Bible and to His specific words He speaks to us personally. Remember, we all need miracles at some point in our life. But…like any other parent, I believe God loves it when His children “grow up” and become all that the Father knew His children could be.
“My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways. You know that such testing of your faith produces endurance. Endure until your testing is over. Then you will be mature and complete, and you won’t need anything.” (James 1:2-4 GW)
Pastor Kevin Kinchen