I suspect Elisha does more miracles than any other prophet or patriarch in Scripture. From multiplying the widow’s oil (2Kings 4:1-7); raising the dead (2Kings 4:18-37); to purifying poisonous stew (2Kings 4:38ff), the man seems an endless parade of magnificent acts.
How a person views the activity of Elisha is significant. If we look at them through the eyes of a natural man we would say – “You’ve got to be kidding!” And, I might add with some justification. Then again, if we look at them through the eyes of faith, we are apt to say, “Isn’t God wonderful!” Now I suppose there may be a third group, the eyes of the skeptic, who might say, “These are nice stories, but they are just that stories – they seem so out of the realm of necessity and possibility.” Sound familiar?
We don’t see many miracles today. I’m not certain why, but at least in this country, we don’t see many. That does not mean miracles are not happening. It simply means we don’t hear much about them if they are. Furthermore, I suspect if we did see and hear about a high level of miracles, we would encounter the same three approaches.
Many say miracles have had their day. In the OT they were used to turn people to Yahweh, the one true God. In the NT they were used to verify the ministry of Christ, the disciples and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Which, as “they” say, ended with the Apostles and is not necessary any longer. But I wonder. Has there ever been time in our country, or the world for that matter, where an eye-popping miracle could not do some good? A miracle that would again testify to the one true God and the necessity of believing on His son? I’d be open to that, I think. Yet, then again, we’d have the three camps stating their position with regard to the event and finding themselves at odds with one another.
People with eyes of faith will always see things differently than the rest of humanity. That, in some regard, goes to the very definition of faith – “…the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1 ESV).” People with eyes of faith seem perfectly content to live without any convincing evidence of miracles. That is how faith is demonstrated. After all, even those who witnessed the miracles in both the OT and NT were not totally converted to the one true God or even convinced that what they saw was worth subscribing to totally. They may have believed for a season, but soon they found themselves sliding back to their old way of life. Thus the cycle of faith, rebellion, repentance, and faith.
All that aside, it seems the greatest demonstration of a miracle – one that absolutely requires eyes of faith – is the willingness of the eternal God to sacrifice His only son for a sinful humanity. If we are not looking at that event through the eyes of faith, then we will fail see its significance.