THE GOD WHO HIDES HIS FACE
Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
How could such a simple verse of scripture be so controversial. It seems like everyone would want to see miracles, especially healing miracles, but sadly that is not always the case. Even in the time of Jesus, the religious leaders would throw up smoke screens to annul the healing power of Jesus. You hate to say it, or even think it, but maybe it was because it was Jesus and not them being used by the power of God.
Oftentimes, in the church world, people will talk about unity and churches coming together but at the end of the day the visions all have one difference. Someone else is holding the microphone. Miracles are okay if you are the tool but watch out if someone else becomes the vessel The Lord decides to work through. R. T. Kendall points out the unpredictable nature of miracles, check this out.
“The cessationist point of view has basically one purpose: to explain why miracles do not happen. By the way, it is granted that miracles do not always happen. They didn’t always happen even during the apostolic era. Paul told Timothy not to drink water but take a little wine for his stomach and frequent illnesses . Why didn’t Paul pray for him to get well or ask Timothy to pray for himself to get well? Paul said that he left Trophimus “sick” in Miletus. Why? That was during the time when miracles had not ceased. It is granted that there was an apparent diminishing of power and miracles before the age of St. Augustine and St. Athanasius. Why?
I can attempt an answer as to why God does not always heal and why He can manifest His power in one generation and bypass the next. It is because it is one of God’s sovereign prerogatives to hide His face. “Truly you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior”. He said He would have mercy on whom He will have mercy (Rom. 9:15) “Jesus almost certainly walked through the temple gate Beautiful many times “where a forty-year-old lame man lay. And Jesus walked on by—possibly dozens of times. So did the disciples after Pentecost. Then one day, suddenly Peter and John said to the same crippled man, “Look at us!,” and he was instantly healed.”
At the end of the day miracles are closely associated with the glory of God. He will not share His glory with anyone. Maybe that is why miracles are so random. The new Christian is often instantly healed while the more mature believer seems to be passed over. The Lord will sometimes even pour His healing power through vessels who themselves need healing. It is said that Smith Wigglesworth was suffering incredibly with kidney stones during the height of his healing ministry. The days of miracles are still here, His power has not diminished, He just seems to do what He pleases and when He pleases.