When Jesus was first in Cana, He turned water into wine. When He departed Sychar in Samaria He headed back to this area to minister again. In John 4:45 we find that when he went back this time to Galilee, they received Him having seen “all the things he did at Jerusalem.” Although we consider clearing out the temple an amazing feat, the reference here can be tied to John 20:30 where Jesus did many other signs that his disciples did not write down or tell about.
Many of us want to see miracles before we believe God even exists. After all, isn’t that what faith is about – believing in the unbelievable. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is substantive, it manifests itself in the form of evidence that proves what we cannot see but know is truly there. The truth is that faith is proven through these manifestations, not developed from them. We see things happen and our faith is bolstered in the evidence that God is working in this world, in peoples lives, even in our own life.
The challenge seems to be, what is it we believe in? Do we have to have a miracle to believe, that is the opposite of what scripture presents as faith. The other must be true then, miracles bolster our faith. There is certainly a sense that when Jesus was on earth, performing miracles and doing wondrous signs that He was proving how hard hearted man could be. So many claimed to believe in Him as He performed miracles, yet at the crucifixion no one believed. This makes His admonishment to Thomas all the more striking, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29)
We learn much from the rich man and Lazarus passages in Luke 16 as well. In verse 31 we find great conviction for natural man. Abraham told the rich man (being tormented in Hades) “If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, Neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:31)
Ladies and gentlemen, the truth is obvious. We cannot look at things around us to solidify our faith. We can only trust the word of God. We may want to say, “But I have seen this work,” the fact is that just because we have seen it work should never bolster our faith in the things of the world. We must rest in God’s word. As Abraham said to the rich man “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded.”
What we see, experience and exhibit in this world is completely deceiving. What we read, the truth given to us, and the things in the word of God are truthful and believable. We must not waiver from the infallible truth of God’s Holy word. Rest in these truths.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that yet may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13)