Does God give physical signs
Bible reading is a remarkable ritual in every Christian’s life, shedding light on profound mysteries of life and the nature of our Heavenly Father. It remains the irreplaceable anchor that strengthens and fortifies believers’ faith, answering the common query, Does God give physical signs? This question prompts us to recall Exodus 3:2 when Moses saw a bush burning but not consumed by the fire. It was here that God chose to reveal Himself and commission Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
This example from Exodus showcases one of the numerous instances where God has communicated through physical signs, strengthening our faith in the unseen, giving us a palpable understanding of His existence and His desire for a personal relationship with us. A journey through the scriptures reveals how God spoke through a donkey, halted the sun’s movement, rained manna from heaven, and turned water into wine. Such Biblical narratives imply that God does give physical signs.
Throughout biblical history, we see evidence of God’s communication with mankind through physical signs, from Noah’s rainbow signifying His covenant, to Gideon’s fleece indicating His will, and the Holy Spirit’s descent like a dove on Jesus at His baptism, testifying His sonship.
For believers of this modern era, God remains the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hence, it would not be out of character for God to utilize physical signs even now to confirm His Word, manifest His power, reveal His will, or comfort His people. While we need to remain watchful for misinterpretations, misuses, and overemphasis on physical signs, we also need to be aware of His sometimes subtle, other times overt, communications in our day-to-day life.
Although God uses various methods to reach out to His children, these physical signs shouldn’t be our only source of validation or assurance of God’s presence. After all, as per 2 Corinthians 5:7, we should live by faith, not by sight. Our relationship with God shouldn’t be rooted in His signs but His Son, Jesus Christ.
The most notable physical sign given to us by God is indeed Jesus Christ, who John describes in his gospel as The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. (John 1:14). The birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ stand as physical and historical testimonies of God’s love for us.
Sometimes we look so hard for a miraculous sign that we overlook the daily, often mundane, physical signs of His love and grace – the smile of a loved one, the warmth of the sun on your skin, the serene sound of a rain shower, the sustenance provided through the harvest of the earth.
Just like a loving father, God often meets us in our distress and anxiety with physical signs that offer comfort and consolation. It may be an unexpected helping hand, a warm meal, a shoulder to lean on, a gentle breeze on a hot summer day, a phone call from an old friend or the well-timed scripture. Each, in its unique way, manifests God’s unconditional love and unwavering care, much like He did with Moses through a burning bush.
Inspirational Message to Christians
Beloved, as Christians, it’s important to remember that our God is an engaging God who is very much interested in our affairs. From the sacred text, we find that God does give physical signs. However, remember these signs are not given to evoke worship in themselves, but to point us back to God, the author of such signs.
It is my encouragement to you that when we find ourselves fervently praying for physical signs from God, may we also ask God to open our eyes and soften our hearts to be aware and receive those signs, remembering they may come in unexpected ways or from unexpected sources.
End every day by taking some time to reflect and identify God’s hand at work. Consider writing down each ‘God moment’ to foster an attitude of gratitude and sharpen your discernibility. Do not solely rely on dramatic, miraculous signs; embrace His whispers in the routine, His grace in the everyday life, and His love in the small acts of kindness.
To conclude, the quest of seeking signs should not overshadow the necessity to know Him personally and live in faith. After all, signs are helpful but what we need the most is the Savior. As believers, may we, like the Psalmist, echo this sentiment in all seasons of our lives, God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places. (Habakkuk 3:19). Amen.
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