God spoke and the universe sprang into existence. He continuously holds all things together by His might. Our God who reigns from Heaven does as He pleases in the heavens and the earth.
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heaves all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, And drives diviners mad; Who turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolishness; Who confirms the word of His servant, and performs the counsel of His messengers; Who says to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be inhabited.’ To the cities of Judah, ‘You shall be built,’ And I will raise up her waste places; Who says to the deep, ‘Be dry! And I will dry up your rivers’; Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, And he shall perform all My pleasure, Saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” And to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”’ Isaiah 44:24-28
This passage from Isaiah displays God’s omnipotent power over all His creation, doing as He pleases for His beloved. Our holy all powerful God reveals Himself through creation, His Son Jesus Christ, His Word the Bible and His direct involvement with mankind, most noticeably with His chosen people. God in His amazing grace and love reveals Himself to us through miraculous intervention in our lives.
Through the burning bush, which was not consumed by the flame, God got the attention of Moses, revealed Himself to Moses and called him into His service. Through ten devastating plagues poured out upon the Egyptians God Almighty delivered Israel from Egypt and then saved the Israelites from the armies of Egypt by dividing the Red Sea and bringing the Israelites through the sea on dry ground. The Lord confounded the Egyptian soldiers when they tried to cross the Red Sea and brought the waves crashing down upon Pharaoh’s army destroying the chariots, horses, and soldiers. Only two men from all those who witnessed God’s glorious power displayed on their behalf truly believed God and were allowed to enter the Promised Land.
For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. Hebrews 3:16-4:2
Even direct experience with God through witnessing His miracles does not mean faith will be created in the rebellious and evil human heart. Obviously, Moses, Aaron, Caleb and Joshua were persuaded and led to faith by God’s miraculous display of His supernatural intervention and revelation, but millions rebelled, refused to believe and were rejected by God. Witnessing miracles is no guarantee that those who are partakers of them will place their faith in Jesus Christ.
Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, Who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, And will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the Gentiles, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the prison, Those who sit in darkness from the prison house. Isaiah 42:1-7
In infinite generous grace God has given His Son Jesus Christ to be the covenant for the people and the light for the Gentiles. Jesus Christ our glorious Lord and Savior walked this earth and performed many miracles in the days of His flesh as a witness to the people of Israel that He was the promised Messiah. Jesus bore witness to this fact when reassuring John the Baptist that He was indeed the Promised One.
Then the disciples of John reported to him concerning all these things. And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight. Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” Luke 7:18-23
Jesus pointed to these miracles authenticating Him as the Messiah as prophesied in Isaiah.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. Isaiah 35:5-6
However, the people of Israel did not receive their Messiah. They were not concerned with eternal life, but with this earthly life, so much so that after Jesus fed the five thousand with the loaves and the fish they sought Him so they could have more food.
Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him” John 6:26-27
Although Jesus performed the miracle of feeding the great multitude and gave this plain invitation, the Jews still rejected their Messiah.
But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.” These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him. Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him. Lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. John 12:37-43
It is evident that miracles will not produce faith in the heart of man unless God bestows the gift of faith according to His sovereign will, bringing the sinner to repent of their sin and believe that Jesus Christ died in their stead upon the cross and rose from the dead so they can have eternal life.
Scriptures give many instances where faith did come about because of a miracle. In the following passage one miracle leads to another and then leads to Peter being called to preach to the Gentiles through witnessing to Cornelius, as reported in Acts 10.
Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt at Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he present her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner. Acts 9:32-43
God sovereignly uses miracles in the lives of His creatures as He sees fit. In many instances, miracles reveal the wicked depravity of man, but at other times, God uses miracles to produce faith in many.
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth. Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?” But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Psalm 115:1-3