Seeking signs, or signs seeking you?

There’s a big difference between people seeking after signs (which is wrong) and God seeking out people and revealing something about His reality to them. An example of this would be the Samaritan woman in John chapter four. She was not seeking God, not seeking a sign, and yet Jesus had a very special appointment to meet her, and through supernatural revelation God got her attention.

It seems to me the Bible indicates that God gave signs to people who were not looking for them, and withheld signs from those looking for them.

With true signs and wonders (supernatural manifestations) in the Bible there was always strong conviction of sin. The first time Peter experienced a miracle he said to Jesus, depart from me, for I’m a sinful man.

But with fake signs and wonders there is no such genuine fear of God, only a circus atmosphere, and even the most die hard, unrepentant folks can enjoy the show.

When a man who scams money out of people does “miracles” how come he is not convicted of his sin and repents if it is TRULY the presence of the Holy God of Israel being manifested? No conviction, no fear of God, then it’s not God.

9 Responses to “Seeking signs, or signs seeking you?”

  1. milind Says:

    Well said Br Ian
    Only one question came to my mind – when the people in the OT asked for signs to prove that it was from God, like King Hezekiah did or others in Judges, was it something acceptable to God since He responded to it as well?
    I guess in the NT period, we need to live by faith and not demand a sign since we already have sufficient witness of God’s Word.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Certainly, we that are of faith don’t go looking for signs. We don’t search for an experience with God, living by faith means God orders what we experience of Him.

    It’s a little complex subject, and we need to take into account several factors:

    a) Jesus said many false teachers would come and do miracles in His name. This means miracles or supernatural things, in themselves, don’t prove whether something is from God.

    b) Seeking for God to use signs and wonders to save others is a legitimate desire:

    “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.” (Acts 4:29-30)

  3. milind Says:

    Thanks Br
    we leave it to Him to perform the signs and wonders and don’t demand that they be performed as per our choice.

  4. ian vincent Says:

    Brother, would you elaborate a little more on what it means for us to “leave it to Him” to perform signs and wonders?

    Are we to be passive or engaged in the process?

  5. milind Says:

    What I meant was w.r.t to Acts4:29-30 quoted above wherein the apostles requested for signs and wonders and I felt that it was to be in God’s timing.
    I feel we should be engaged through prayer.

  6. ian vincent Says:

    Okay, does your church pray in this manner, or is expecting God to stretch forth His hand to heal?

  7. ian vincent Says:

    It’s very rare (from my observations) that fellowships actively (non-passively) beseech the Father to stretch forth His hand to heal, do signs and wonders, and grant great boldness.

  8. ian vincent Says:

    Passivity reminds me of what the Church of England told William Carey before he came to India, they said, “if God wants to save the heathen He will do it and He won’t need your help”. That’s the same as saying, “If God wants to do signs and wonders He will just do it, He won’t need our help”. Sure, He doesn’t need anyone’s help, but He chose to use man as His instrument, and in the measure he believes.

  9. milind Says:

    Yes br our church does appeal in prayer for signs and healings and waiting for God’s timing.
    Thanks for brining clarity on this…

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