I love rainbows. Every time I get in a jam or confused about life and feel like I really need a sign He is still there, it seems God manages to put a rainbow in the sky. This is absolutely true – He even put them in the Ohio sky when it was not even raining!
I guess if I had great faith, I would never need a sign, but sometimes I do and sometimes I ask for one. I just want to know it is Him and not me and my crazy imaginations. The Bible tells me of those who also wanted a sign – like Gideon in Judges 6.17 – ‘Gideon said to Him, If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You Who talks with me.’
Even Hezekiah asked for a sign – “Hezekiah said to Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord on the third day?” 1 Kings 20.8
I believe if we need a sign, He will give us one, but I also believe that the ‘signs’ are truly all around us. For instance, the sun came up again today, gravity is still holding us on the planet, the birds are still singing, the whales are in their ocean, the fruit trees are still producing luscious fruit, gardens are still producing abundant crops from mere seeds, babies are still being born, little bees are still making honey, and He’s still talking to us and more!
I admit I falter in faith at times, one of my favorite passages in the Bible is about Paul and the ones he’s traveling with – “20 And when neither sun nor stars were visible for many days and no small tempest kept raging about us, all hope of our being saved was finally abandoned.
21 Then as they had eaten nothing for a long time, Paul came forward into their midst and said, Men, you should have listened to me, and should not have put to sea from Crete and brought on this disaster and harm and misery and loss.
22 But [even] now I beg you to be in good spirits and take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you but only of the ship.
23 For this [very] night there stood by my side an angel of the God to Whom I belong and Whom I serve and worship,
24 And he said, Do not be frightened, Paul! It is necessary for you to stand before Caesar; and behold, God has given you all those who are sailing with you.” Acts 27.20-24. And all those who are sailing with us!
I wish I could always say, “God said, I believe.” Very simple, but I am working on it.
The signs of Him are all around us and if we need one more or two more or three more, I believe He will give them to us. He wants us to know that we know that we know He is real and Who and What He says He is in His Word.
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