‘Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,’ Jesus told him,’you will never believe.’
~John 4:48 (NIV).
Why is you think? Are you constantly seeking to refute the case for God and Christ, or do you reside at another end of the spectrum – seeing miracles throughout you?
Needless to say, 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 who do not see yet believe are blessed (John 20:29). This can be a bitter pill to swallow, for what reason is there to trust 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 make use of my power again… then, they’ll believe… and what’s the idea, they won’t believe the reality behind the ability if they can’t view it ahead of the miracle,’ appears 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 people who don’t. Yet, you can 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 within the line; a taste, the conversion, acim podcast 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 in to the deep end? – built 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 person who’s already a fairly mature believer; the person who’s had God’s Presence disappear on them all of an immediate – for days, months, years perhaps – and within their worst pain. And this does happen.
Can it be perhaps our role as disciples of Christ to take him at his Word and not require him to pull out 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 it’s this that we’d espouse. This “faith” gets us nowhere with God. We’ll most certainly not be “blessed.”
Perhaps it is, however, a call to start to see the miraculous in the everyday? Is there not countless miracles and blessings each and every single day?
And your final encouragement arises from the apostle Peter. He wrote this for all of us I believe: