Saturday, January 05, 2008

What Will it Take for us to Believe?

God's prophet Elijah said it ain't gonna rain no more, no more and it did not. A drought ensued.
God said go and stay by the brook Cherith before the Jordan and I will cause the ravens to feed you flesh and bread each morning and each evening.
When the brook dried up because the drought lasted a long time, about 3 years. God told Elijah to go to a widow in Zarephath and she would look after him.
Elijah obeyed God and the women met him at the city gate. She obeyed Elijah as a prophet of God and lived out the drought with the miracles of never ending oil and meal.
During Elijah's stay with her household her little son died of an illness. After Elijah prayed and God gave the boy back his life, the widowed mother declared her belief in Elijah as that was proof enough. 1Kings 17: 23 &24
23 And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house, and gave him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives!”
24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is the truth.”

The same thing happened in Jesus' ministry on the earth. People saw his miracles of healing and provision but failed to believe in Him until they saw Him risen from the dead. Thomas is the example of this in John 20 24- 29
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

My sincere hope is that we will not wait to believe Him only by seeing a resurection from the dead as that is not a common occurrence. It is happening sporadically here and there in this earth but it never hits the global news as it should.

Doubt your doubts is good advice. Believe your beliefs in a big and huge way. Expect miracles for sure but believe in the miracle worker Jesus the Christ the Son of the living and true God of all.

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