How often have we heard people say, “I can’t see God, therefore how can I believe in Him?”
God gives signs and wonders all the time. But for most they miss the sign or are left wondering.
And when God does something extraordinary, in disbelief, they give the credit to some other ‘god’ e.g. luck, science, etc., and convince themselves of anything else, but that it was God.
Every people group has created their own belief systems. The more complicated the better.
Even the disciples witnessed this.
Here is a sign and wonder of God’s Grace:
In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.
And the people thought, based on their own belief system, that Paul and Barnabas were gods, Zeus and Hermes.
But Paul begins to plead with them that he is no god. He tries to explain that what they witnessed was from the living God.
“Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them.
And then in Paul’s next breath he reveals simply why there are different belief systems:
In the past, he (God) let all nations go their own way.
For it was God’s desire for mankind to have a free will. And through that free will acknowledge Him for who he is – God.
And yet, people and their complicated belief systems are still in desperate need of seeing the simple truth of God’s hands at work in their everyday existence:
Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”
But unfortunately we are human beings who just love complicating things and hardly believe the simplistic things of life. We cry out, “If its too simple, it can’t be true” and, “Where is God?”
Then there is faith. Complicated, yet simple.
So, if your world is too complicated and you are not really sure about God, then let me lay out this challenge for you.
Genuinely ask God to help you (it is called a prayer). There is no special formula or ‘magic’ words. It is simple. Here is an example of what you could ask:
God, first of all let me see you. Please reveal yourself to me personally.
Then, help me to see, in simple terms, your truth in a complicated world. Help me not to over complicate things. Help me to align my belief system with the truth.
In Jesus Name I ask it. Amen.