–I’m bothered when people say the selling of their house was a work of God when in reality it was a work of a real estate agent.
–I’m bothered when some “Christian” politician wins and chalks it up to God giving them a miraculous victory when their campaign did the same thing every other campaign did.
–I’m bothered when people claim their injury was healed by God when it was healed by medicine and doctors just like the heathen scum’s injury next to them.
When I share these thoughts the Christian response is “Well, it was God, He puts government officials in place, he is behind buying and selling, and He designed the systems that heal people.”
Right, I get that, no problem. Giving God thanks for stuff is fine, but to chalk it up as a mighty work of God, as in a super-natural miracle, when in reality it was a natural process, seems off.
If God was truly displaying his power your house would have sold without you telling anyone it was for sale. If your politician was to win by an act of God there would have been no campaign. If God really did miraculously heal your injury you wouldn’t have needed a doctor or medicine.
Yet I would usually not encourage someone to forego realtors, campaigning or doctors because those are means in existence our brain can figure out how to use. To not use them may show faith, or it may be testing God.
I imagine whatever I have said here is unclear and comes across as being down on miracles or God’s sovereignty. This is not my point. My point is the fine line between faith and testing God.
To not use natural means in order to allow God to do a super-natural miracle takes faith, yet sometimes it’s nothing more than testing God, laziness with a theological veneer.
In summary, two main points:
1) If you’re using natural means, don’t say it was a miracle because that’s the exact opposite of the Bible’s usage of the word and
2) If you’re not using natural means, be prepared for a miracle or perhaps for judgment!