No Contest

What proof would be unmistakable for you that the “Lord, He is God!”? In 1 Kings 18 it is the contest between Baal and God. Elijah’s elaborate setup and the indisputable payoff gave the Israelites the proof many needed to return to their traditional faith (for a time). Baal failed to respond to the pleading of hundreds of priests over hours. God responded with fire to one prophet within minutes.

Last night we were studying Daniel 2. Nebuchadnezzar’s need for proof was both to tell him his dream and interpret it for him. If a god could do this, that would get his attention. Only God could do this. Nebuchadnezzar praises Daniel’s God, though it would take a few more episodes to convince him that Daniel’s God could be his too.

What proof are you holding out for? Are you waiting for signs in the heavens? Gideon’s fleece? Visions of angels? Or something more mundane, like having your gas bill paid? And when you receive this, will you then believe?

God has given us a sign. It is the sign of the raising of His Son from the dead. Whether you believe it or not, it is an historical fact, and the very cornerstone of the Christian faith. If you are waiting for a sign of proof, we’ve had it for nearly 2000 years.

May You Lord receive all the glory due Your Name. Signs and wonders are fantastic and leave a lasting impression, but Your love and grace last even longer. While I wait for a miracle, let me feel your love for me today. While I don’t need to see a sign to know you are real, I do need Your grace today. Help me to know that today I am loved. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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