‘Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,’ Jesus told him,’you will never believe.’
~John 4:48 (NIV).
Why is you believe? Are you currently constantly looking to refute the case for God and Christ, or do your home is at the other end of the spectrum – seeing miracles all over you?
Obviously, both realities exist. It depends on your own outlook and perception. It’s almost certainly you fit somewhere within both of these vast poles – you’re not easily persuaded, but nonetheless not altogether dissuaded either. Epiphanies happen but not absolutely all the time.
Those who don’t see yet believe are blessed (John 20:29). This can be a bitter pill to swallow, for what reason is there to think in Jesus but to experience his miraculous Presence?
We could almost sense Jesus’mild frustration in this statement above.’They’re coming to make use of my power again… then, they’ll believe… and what’s the idea, they won’t believe the facts behind the ability if they can’t see it ahead of the miracle,’ seems to possibly be his thinking.
Individuals who need the case of God to be proven – beyond the shadow of any doubt – generally have a weaker faith than people who don’t. Yet, you will find not many who don’t see or perceive miracles before they believe.
And yet further still, God is expert in demonstrating his miraculous power to acquire a doubting baby-believer over the line; a taste, the conversion, then the real work of discipleship begins – suddenly this “miraculous” God’s gone on A.W.O.L.
And how else would we learn the trade of “faith” when we weren’t thrown in to the deep end? – designed to exercise our burgeoning patience of faith in real-time, with your real-life issues, frustrations, challenges and sorrows.
Belief, and therefore trust, is bolstered probably in the miraculous. And perhaps where this fits most is for the individual who’s already a reasonably mature believer; the individual who’s had God’s Presence disappear on them all of an immediate – for days, months, years perhaps – and inside their worst pain. acim podcast And this does happen.
Is it perhaps our role as disciples of Christ to take him at his Word and not require him to grab his magic box of tricks to thrill and amaze us, intuiting from us our’Praise-the-Lords’and’Hallelujahs.’ The latter reaches best an immature and spoiled-rotten faith if this is exactly what we’d espouse. This “faith” is getting us nowhere with God. We’ll certainly not be “blessed.”
Perhaps it is, however, a phone to begin to see the miraculous in the everyday? Exist not countless miracles and blessings each and each day?
And one last encouragement arises from the apostle Peter. He wrote this for us I think: