Tiger Woods won the U.S. Golf Open yesterday in a dramatic playoff against a popular underdog named Rocco Mediate. One sports writer said that it would have taken a "minor miracle" for Rocco to upset Tiger. (That minor miracle almost happened, but Tiger was able to pull off the win). Webster defines oxymoron as "a combination of contradictory or incongruous words". It occurred to me that "minor miracle" was a classic oxymoron. Webster defines miracle as: "an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs." I don't think it's possible to consider divine intervention as "minor" in any sense. It seems from the Bible that miracles were unique and obvious demonstrations of God's power that He used to glorify Himself and that Jesus used to show His divine credentials and authority over all natural phenomena. Miracles amaze us and remind us of the reality of the living God, who transcends man and nature. The effect of a miracle is to grab us by the collar and shake us into awareness of the reality of the Lord. If He can do such amazing things, should we not fall before Him!
Hebrews 2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, 4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?