Does God still perform miracles today?

We often use the word "miracle" very loosely. For example, someone might say "It’s a miracle!" when a loved one heals from a terrible sickness or is protected from harm, if a sports team makes an amazing comeback win, or something unexpectedly good happens—like running into an old friend after years apart or passing a test you didn’t study for. Even though these are popular uses for the word "miracle," these are not miracles.

A biblical miracle is a rare act of God that is different from everyday events or from what would naturally happen. For instance, when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding (John 2:6-11), that was a miracle. When Jesus and Peter walked on water (Matthew 14:22-33), that was a miracle. Physics and nature cannot naturally be defied like that!

Why did God perform the miracles in the Bible?

The purpose of miracles is to provide a sign or proof that a message or messenger came from God, because only God can perform miracles (Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:4). He made the laws of nature and only He can defy them. We can kind of think of a miracle like a wax seal.

In medieval times, when a king wanted to prove that a message or decree came from him, he would put his royal seal on the message. This seal/stamp was unique to him so it was easy for the people to authenticate that the message came from him and not an imposter. His seal was also complicated and hard to forge, so there was no "faking" it. Only the king could create that seal.

In biblical times, when people saw miracles, they recognized them as special signs (or "seals") from God, signifying that the messenger was speaking on God’s behalf. The things this messenger could do were things that only God had the power to do. For example, after Jesus fed over 5,000 people with just two fish and five loaves of bread from a young boy's lunch, the people acknowledged that this miracle meant Jesus was truly sent by God (John 6:1-15).

Did God perform miracles all the time?

We may get the impression that miracles happened all the time in the Bible because we've read about so many. And that begs the question, "Why don't miracles happen all the time today?" But remember that miracles are, by definition, extremely rare—so they actually did NOT happen all the time. In fact, there are only about 250 recorded miracles in the Bible, and most of them occur during small windows of history in three distinct time periods: Moses and Aaron, Elijah and Elisha, and Jesus and the apostles.1

During the rest of biblical history, God did very few miracles. In between these three periods of time, there are hundreds of years when no miracles from God are recorded at all. So what was unique about these three time periods?

Let’s consider the messages that God confirmed during these three time periods:
  • MOSES & AARON: Some of the miracles done through Moses and his brother Aaron include turning water from the Nile river into blood (Exodus 4:9, 7:14-25), parting the Red Sea so the Israelites could walk right through on dry ground (Exodus 14), and striking a rock to get water for more than two million people (Exodus 17:1-7)! These miracles confirmed that God was the author of the messages Moses delivered: that the Israelites were God’s chosen people, that He was the only true God, and that they should obey His commandments and laws.
  • ELIJAH & ELISHA: Some of the miracles the prophets Elijah and Elisha did were calling down fire from heaven to destroy 100 men sent from King Ahaziah (2 Kings 1), causing a small among of oil to fill many jars (2 Kings 4:1-7), and even raising a boy from the dead (2 Kings 4:32-37). These two prophets lived during a time when many Israelites were turning away from the Lord to worship idols. The miracles these prophets performed confirmed that God was the One True God, and that the idols were nothing but stone and wood. God’s message to the Israelites was a call to repentance, for them to return to Him. So He empowered these messengers to perform miracles to authenticate the messages He spoke through them.
  • JESUS & THE APOSTLES: The last major period of miracles is recorded in the New Testament through Jesus and His apostles. God's message was that the Savior had come to save the world from the punishment of sin. In John 20:31 it says "...these [miracles that Jesus performed] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." The most important miracle that Jesus did to prove that He is the Messiah, the Son of God, was rising from the dead (Matthew 28:1-10). The miracles that His disciples did in the book of Acts continued to authenticate this message (Acts 1:8).

These were all times when God wanted to communicate a specific message to humanity, and He used miracles to authenticate the fact that the messengers He sent were delivering His messages with His authority.

Why doesn't God still perform miracles like He did in the Bible?

The main reason God does not still perform miracles today like He did in the Bible is because the purpose for which He did the miracles is no longer needed. Remember, the reason that God performed miracles was as a sign that a certain message or messenger came from Him. During biblical times, the message of God was currently being conveyed and recorded, so miracles were necessary as validation of those messages. Today, the message of God (a.k.a. the Bible) is complete, so key miracle workers performing miracles are no longer needed. While God still speaks to us today, He does so through His Word, the Bible, and often through His people. This is the main reason why we do not see the same kind of biblical miracles today.

Of course, we're not saying that God does not or cannot do miracles today. He certainly can! You may have experienced or heard of such possible miracles. But today, God may not have a reason to publicly display His power the way He did during biblical times. All the truths He wanted to reveal have already been revealed and confirmed. As with a house, the foundation only needs to be laid once. Biblical miracles were special acts of God that laid the foundation for His permanent revelation to mankind.2

REFERENCES: 1. Geisler, Norman L, and Frank Turek. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. Crossway Books, 2007, p. 216. 2. Geisler, Norman L, and Frank Turek. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. Crossway Books, 2007, p. 216.



A miracle is a rare act of God that is different from what naturally happens. In biblical times, God performed miracles to authenticate the messages He communicated to humanity through His messengers. Miracles were a sign that a certain message or messenger came from Him because only God can perform miracles. Miracles were necessary as proof or validation of God being the source of His Word. Today, the message of God (a.k.a. the Bible) is complete, so key miracle workers performing miracles are no longer needed.

Writer: Hanna S.

Hanna loves spending time with kids and teens. She enjoys being detectives with them to investigate God's Word to discover truths to answer any questions. She is the co-author of a newly published apologetics curriculum for children and teaches one online for highschoolers-adults. To learn more about her ministry you can visit For fun, she likes to play Ultimate Frisbee, read historical fiction, and paint.

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