Believing the God of the supernatural
Did you go to Area 51 in Nevada this past September? Over the summer, there was a social media “joke” of gathering a group of people to storm Area 51 — the secretive US military base in Nevada, where many people believe aliens are being held. Millions of people responded to a Facebook post saying they would join together to raid the facility. When it was all said and done, only about several dozen actually showed up.
However, what this social media response revealed is the continuing fascination with the supernatural.
I have always had a difficult time believing any of it to be true. The very idea of things happening beyond what seems “natural” is difficult for me to comprehend. Yet, if we were honest, most of us are still interested in the supernatural. Movies, books, and everyday conversations remind us that we are a culture fascinated by what is “out there.”
My hope is our fascination for the supernatural opens us up to experiencing the God of the supernatural. Sometimes, in our North American mindset, we end up putting God in a box in terms of what He will do.
In some ways, this has been the human mindset since the beginning of time. The Israelites were stuck between the Red Sea and the Egyptians. Panic swept over the camp as they questioned how God could lead them to that impossible situation. Then, the supernatural happens as God parts the sea. Over and over again, the Bible is filled with stories of a supernatural God meeting the needs of His people.
Do you believe God can do the supernatural today?
Over the last number of years, I have been reading stories of supernatural visions coming to people in countries around the world. In these visions, Jesus is explaining the Gospel to people, and they are placing their faith in Him. It’s incredible to hear.
But even when we hear these stories, there is still this part of us that wrestles with the question — “Was it really God who did that?”
I take encouragement from the story of a man who came to Jesus with a son who needed healing. He said to Jesus, “IF you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus challenged this man’s faith, and then the man said: “I believe, help my unbelief.”
The father had the belief that Jesus could help his unbelief. This is the kind of prayer I can relate to. I believe He is the God of the supernatural. But too many times, I don’t truly believe that I — or the people I love — will experience it.
The God who parted the Red Sea is the same God who is appearing as Jesus in visions to people around the world. He is also the same God who will show up in your circumstances in supernatural ways.
Lord, we believe – help our unbelief.