‘Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,’ Jesus told him,’you’ll never believe.’
~John 4:48 (NIV).
Why is you believe? Are you currently constantly seeking to refute the case for God and Christ, or do you live at another end of the spectrum – seeing miracles all over you?
Obviously, both realities exist. It depends on your outlook and perception. It’s almost certainly you fit approximately those two vast poles – you’re not easily persuaded, but nevertheless not altogether dissuaded either. Epiphanies happen but not all the time.
Those that don’t see yet believe are blessed (John 20:29). This can be a bitter pill to swallow, for what reason can there be to believe in Jesus but to have his miraculous Presence?
We are able to almost sense Jesus’mild frustration in this statement above.’They’re coming to utilize my power again… then, they’ll believe… and what’s the purpose, they won’t believe the reality behind the ability when they can’t see it before the miracle,’ seems to possibly be his thinking.
People who need the case of God to be proven – beyond the shadow of any doubt – generally have a weaker faith than those that don’t. Yet, there are few who don’t see or perceive miracles before they believe.
And yet further still, God is expert in demonstrating his miraculous power to obtain a doubting baby-believer over the line; a taste, the conversion, then the actual 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” if we weren’t thrown to the deep end? – built to exercise our burgeoning patience of faith in real-time, with this real-life issues, frustrations, challenges and sorrows.
Belief, and therefore trust, is bolstered most likely 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 all of them of a sudden – for days, months, years perhaps – and in 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 what we would espouse. This “faith” is getting us nowhere with God. We’ll definitely not be “blessed.”
Perhaps it is, however, a phone to see the miraculous in the everyday? Is there not countless miracles and blessings each and everyday?
And a final encouragement comes from the apostle Peter. He wrote this for people I believe: