‘Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,’ Jesus told him,’you will never believe.’
~John 4:48 (NIV).
Why is you imagine? Have you been constantly looking to refute the case for God and Christ, or do you live at another end of the spectrum – seeing miracles all over you?
Needless to say, both realities exist. This will depend in your outlook and perception. It’s almost certainly you fit approximately both of these vast poles – you’re not easily persuaded, but nevertheless not altogether dissuaded either. Epiphanies happen but not totally all the time.
Those who do not see yet believe are blessed (John 20:29). This is a bitter pill to swallow, for what reason will there be to trust in Jesus but to have his miraculous Presence?
We can almost sense Jesus’mild frustration in this statement above.’They’re coming to use my power again… then, they’ll believe… and what’s the point, they won’t believe the reality behind the energy if they can’t see it before the miracle,’ appears 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 those that 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 on the line; a taste, the conversion, then the true 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 to the deep end? – designed to exercise our burgeoning patience of faith in real-time, with our real-life issues, frustrations, challenges and sorrows.
Belief, and therefore trust, is bolstered probably in the miraculous acim podcast. 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 all of them 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 take 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 this is exactly what we’d espouse. This “faith” gets us nowhere with God. We’ll definitely not be “blessed.”
Perhaps it is, however, a phone to start to see the miraculous in the everyday? Are there not countless miracles and blessings each and every single day?
And your final encouragement arises from the apostle Peter. He wrote this for people I do believe: