1. Miracles should defy or suspend natural law
If God had to intervene in every cancer or dire situation, it would no longer be a miracle. That’s like heaven, where God prevents anything bad from happening. This is why tragedy can strike even among helpless children.
A Biblical example of a miracle is someone born blind who can see after, or a dead person waking up. After the apostolic age, these types of miracles appear to have never happened again. [Doctrine of cessation]
If God had to intervene in every situation, it would no longer be a miracle.
2. Miracles happen for God’s glory to be revealed
Jesus’ reluctance in turning water into wine favors the host—making it trivial compared to the end-goal of miracles. Miracles are not just for one’s comfort but to reveal God’s work and glory. (John 9:3; 11:4)
Today, false teachers perform miracles on TV. Their image is all over giving glory to themselves using God’s name. They ask for money to support their “miracle crusades” while living on it in a lavish lifestyle.
“This sickness is not unto death (resurrection of Lazarus), but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”
3. Miracles should cause a strong revival or spiritual conversion
Jesus gave the 12 apostles the power to perform miracles (Luke 9:1; Mark 6:7). They needed it to demonstrate God’s power causing people to repent and follow Christ.
Many of those who witnessed the miracle believed and became a follower of Jesus. Therefore, a true miracle should not only point to God’s glory but cause people to follow Christ.
“… In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk… Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God.“
Don’t call everything a miracle
Today, many cancer patients live longer than expected. Recent technology is creating this “miracle.” On the other hand, God’s miracle defies logic, physics, and natural science.