Signs and WondersÂ
There are signs of spring everywhere. The spring flowers of Daffodils, Lily of the Valley, and many other spring bulbs are showing their faces. In addition, if you look closely you can see the signs of leaf buds swelling and preparing to break free soon. It is always amazing that from the dead of winter spring seems to suddenly burst forth. Just when it appears there will be no end to the drab and dreary,Â small signs appear that lend hope for another renewal of the earth.
Every year the seasons go through the same process with the same signs and yet it always seems to be somewhat of a surprise as the old season fades and the new one comes around even though these are signs we have seen and experienced before. Why do we seem to lose our trust and belief that it will just happen? Why do we need a concrete sign of budding limbs to prove that spring is on its way? Does our lack of faith spill over into other areas of our life?
I read a funny little story that lends itself to a good illustration. A man fell from a cliff, but managed to grab a tree limb on the way down. After gathering his wits, he yelled up, ”Is anyone up there?” The Lord replied, ”I am here. Do you believe me?” ”Yes, Lord, I believe. I really believe, but I can’t hang on any longer.” The Lord said, ”That’s all right if you really believe you have nothing to worry about. I will save you. Just let go of the branch.” A moment of silence came about before the man replied, ”Is anyone else up there?”
At what point does your faith run out? When do you demand signs and wonders in order to move forward in your life? Is it because you do not see that you cannot believe? It is said that the African Impala can jump to a height of approximately 9 feet and cover a long distance of greater than 36 feet in a single leap. Yet we keep them in zoos within a 3-foot wall. These beautiful animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall upon. They must be able to see the wonder of what is on the other side before they will make the solid commitment to jump. A lot of people are like that too. If we don’t receive signs or wonders, we are afraid to commit, there is no leap of faith. We are to walk by faith and not by sight as 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us but too often we are waiting for the signs or great wonders to appear before we want to move.
This week’s focus verse addresses such. It is clear that in order to receive you first must believe. The miraculous signs and wonders comes from our belief and not the other way around. As we look at the healing of the Government Official’s son by Christ we realize that the man’s belief had to come first and it is only then that his son becomesÂ healed. The belief came first and then a miraculous sign.
Our faith in Christ must exist if we expect to see signs and wonders. Too often the signs and wonders are already there we just can’t see them unless we look with our faith glasses on. The preparation begins with belief and it is necessary to be prepared in order to receive. The short version of all of this is that faith comes first; believe and receive.
Jesus asked, ”Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” John 4:48 (NLT)
Faith becomes instilled in our souls because of who He is and not because of what we get. The deep seeds of faith grow because we use our faith. It is there that we can see the signs and wonders of Christ but we must recognize that the faith must come first. It is with faith that mountains can be moved, it is with faith that you can live an abundant life and not just a common existence. With belief coming first worry can be placed to the side and laid down then when you look with the glasses of faith the signs and wonders of God will be all around you. Do you believe that with God all things are possible? (Luke 1:37)
What do you believe in? Bobby was a mentally challenged man who took a class on repairing electrical appliances. Bobby learned that things can be repaired and work again. He had such great faith in his studiesÂ and learning that one day he brought in a broken toaster to repair. He carried the toaster in one arm and a loaf of bread in the other. Bobby lived by the faith that the toaster can be repaired. How often do we carry around a broken toaster, leave the bread at home, and then wonder why our bread is not toasted?
Miraculous signs and wonders are all around us but they are often hidden from view unless we can see them through the faith of something much bigger than ourselves. Saint Augustine said,
”Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of faith is to see what we believe.”
Find yourself challenged to believe for the sake of belief putting your faith out to firmly commit to the good things of Christ. Know that even in the midst of God’s will and plans that He cares enough to give you anything within it for the cost of your faith. God is waiting to show you the signs and wonders that are all around you if you will allow Him but first you must place your belief in Him.
Love in Christ,
Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore, seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
Credits Bits and Pieces. (1993). Chicago: Ragan Communications.
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