This salvation was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, and was affirmed by God through signs, wonders, various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will. Hebrews 2:3-4
How kind God is to His children. He knows how we are wired and how impaired we are to see and understand spiritual realities because of the fall. We don’t easily believe things we cannot see. Kingdom truths are abstract and outside of our human logic. His thoughts are far from our thoughts. Faith does not come naturally to us at all so He is gracious to reveal spiritual things creatively and through many people. Today’s scripture is a good way for me to see how He announces, confirms, and then affirms again in order to build our confidence.
- Jesus announced that He was the Messiah, that He was God in the flesh.
- Those who heard Him and believed in Him announced it through personal witness.
- Then, Jesus confirmed it again through signs, wonders, miracles, and through the display of supernatural gifts He gave to His disciples.
Confidence in God and the assurance that we have heard His voice correctly is important to Him and so very critical to us. Confirmations are part of this picture. They are often misunderstood so what is it I’m allowed to ask for in prayer?
It is not wrong to need to hear confirmations about things related to direction. It is not faithless to ask for signs that confirm important decisions. God wants me to get it right. He promised to be my shepherd and to lead me. He promised that I would know His voice. He promised that He would plant my steps securely and that I would not stumble. I think of how many signs God gave His people. Here are just a few.
God gave the shepherds a sign for how to find baby Jesus. “You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” He gave the disciples signs about how to find the Upper Room, following a man with a water jug. He gave Gideon signs with a piece of fleece. But how does He do it today? Additional scriptures, His still small voice in prayer, a word from a brother or sister in Christ, a line from a book, circumstantial evidence that has been divinely rearranged, and even in dreams.
Some would warn that the Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes asked Jesus for a sign but Jesus rebuked them and called them an evil and adulterous generation. But they wanted signs to make Him prove Himself and His identity. That’s altogether different.
Asking for confirmations as God’s child is the privilege afforded to those who call God ‘Abba’. The skeptic, however, is inclined to put God to the test by saying, “If You are really who You say You are, prove it!” This is arrogance from the heart of one who really doesn’t want to humble himself to believe. God does not bend to whims of the unregenerate.
Thank you for every creative way You have spoken to me. I’m sure I’m missing many cues but continue to teach me all the times You try to speak in unsuspecting ways. Amen