Anyone who has gotten involved in supernatural ministry has at some point prayed a prayer that goes something like, “God, would you heal this person for your glory so that many would hear their testimony and be saved?” This isn’t a bad prayer as people do sometimes come to salvation through the witnessing of such miracles, but the supernatural is not a home run for everyone. Some can watch a miracle happen right in front of them and roll their eyes, claiming it was faked or just the product of people working themselves up into a frenzy or the effects of science or psychology (and yes, these things do sometimes happen). Those who are delivered from legitimate demons can look back and chock it all up to mental health. Even those who were legitimately healed by God sometimes later decide that it was all just a happy coincidence. The supernatural does not ensure people will come to faith or stay in the faith. Indeed, some of the people who taught me the ways of the Holy Spirit have themselves walked away from the Holy Spirit since.
While supernatural ministry most certainly does intensify opportunities for revival and salvations, it is not a guarantee for everyone who sees it. When God sent the news about Jesus through the Messiah, he said, “I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.” While this may certainly be hyperbole (“Something so good is coming, you’ll never believe it!”), Jesus himself taught an entire parable once to illustrate the fact that even the dead being raised would not be a home run for some.
*This devotional was created out of the themes of Acts 12:26-43 found in today’s reading at CommonPrayer.net.