August 4, 2019
“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had encircled for seven days.” Hebrews 11:30
Every generation of Christians must check themselves to discern whether their mission and actions are God-honoring. We continually have to ask, “Are we still serving the Lord and or neighbor faithfully and sacrificially? Or have we drifted into a ‘bless me’ mentality?”
Christ knew exactly where the masses’ hearts were when they began following Him. “You want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs” (John 6:26). Why does Jesus refer to “miraculous signs” here? Think about what a sign does. It points to something; it isn’t the thing itself. When a road sign reads, “Denver 60 miles,” we know we’re not in Denver yet, but we’re on the way. In the same way, Jesus was letting the disciples know that the loaves and fishes weren’t the point. They revealed the loving care of the heavenly Father. His miracles are signs of His care for us.
Do you look for God in our midst or do we merely seek his provisions? Let’s be honest, often when we pray we want an answer not, today, this hour. That’s an unfortunate trait of our world’s “have it all now” culture. In a spiritual sense, we lack a tremendous value that the Greatest Generation held dear: to know that by faith we’ll eventually see great blessings.
For the Christian, knowing God isn’t about being “blessing now.” The Lord won’t bend to our lusts to give us everything we want, when we want it. His desire is to have a relationship with us – an ongoing, long-term relationship that bears lasting fruit. So His blessings aren’t the end-all of the relationship; they’re signs of His faithfulness and compassion – traits that any of us would covet in a relationship. Christ miracles were evidence of those beautiful traits.
You are loved, Pastor Don