A wonder leaves one “wondering”; a miracle is a supernatural event by which God suspends natural law.
Today there is a fascination with signs, wonders and miracles. So many experiences are considered “miraculous.”
An answer to prayer is not always miraculous. If every answer to prayer was a miracle, natural law would have ceased. Hindus pray and get answers – as do people of all religious faiths. They are not “miracles” because only the God of the Bible has the power or authority to suspend the laws of nature. He alone is sovereign over His creation. Satan and the demons, however, perform lying signs and wonders (Revelation 13:3; 16:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Acts 8:9-11). This is why the Christian faith is built on the Word of God – not on signs and wonders which can deceive.
Think of all the people who pray to a pancake because they see the image of “Jesus” on it. How about the Roman Catholics whose devotion to Mary increases after she appears on a refrigerator door.
“Just because a thing seems to have a mark of the supernatural on it does not mean it is scriptural. You had better examine it very carefully to see whether it is scriptural. If it is supernatural and not scriptural, it is not of God. And there is only one other fellow who is in the business of the supernatural other than God, and that is Satan. Satan will ape God and imitate Him in every way that he possibly can” (J Vernon McGee, Through the Bible Radio, Nahum 3:4).
I believe that God still performs miracles – not because I experience them – but because the Bible states God does the impossible.
A virgin becoming pregnant is a miracle. The earth moving backward in its orbit is a miracle. The resurrection of Jesus is a miracle. These are the suspension of the laws of nature. These are miracles. Finding a parking space close the mall door is not a miracle.
The greatest miracle God performs is the transformation of the heart of stone to one of flesh, the sinful man to the godly saint; yet it is the miracle least considered.
Jesus said, If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead (Luke 16:31).