Why There Are No New Miracles

Why There Are No New Miracles

A few years back I got tired of the effort it took to go to the gym. So I decided to stop.

But because I constantly have a mountain or hike on the horizon with Summit Leaders trips I don’t get the luxury of slacking off for long. I have to stay in shape.

I kept hearing about this workout plan called P90X. It was the new miracle formula for staying fit. So I started doing it. But once I got into it I discovered it was really, really hard. The workouts are an hour long, but I was toast after about 15 minutes of trying to keep up with Tony (the workout creator). Not only that, we had to completely change our diet.

A few days after starting I saw an infomercial for P90X and laughed. They made it seem so simple. “Just watch these videos and you’ll get ripped!” I’m sure lots of people signed up and bought the system with the best of intentions. But then they discovered what I did – it’s brutal.

I’m proud to say I stuck with it and saw some epic results. But it reminded me of something.

There are no new miracles. Only old ones.

King Solomon pointed out nearly 3,000 years ago that What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Some think that statement was cynicism. I think it was wisdom.

We are all tempted to believe (I included) that there is some new miracle that has just been discovered that will make success in life a little bit easier. I think it’s because most of us are afraid to do the old tried and true methods. We know they are hard.

When it comes to living the life God has planned for you the miracle you are looking for will most often come with the good old fashioned formula of seeking God, praying, and working hard. That’s the old miracle that has worked for millions of people throughout time.

And it will work for you if you are courageous enough to embark on the journey. It’s hard. But it works every time.

Be brave. Embrace the old miracles.

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried. – G.K. Chesterton



P.S. Don’t get me wrong. I do believe in miracles. God will often breath a little in your direction and get you further faster. But more often than not he works through natural processes and gives us the strength we need to accomplish what he put in our hearts. And in my mind, God using folks like you and me is nothing short of a miracle.