BY SIGNS OR BY FAITH?
By Joel Finck
Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 5:7
Throughout the ages, God has chosen different methods of dealing with His people. When the nation ofIsrael was still in God's favor as His chosen nation, He used miraculous signs to communicate with her. The very stars of heaven were originally given to be for "signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" (Genesis 1:14). David recognized this purpose when he wrote, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork" (Psalm 19:1).
When Ahaz was king of Judah, the Lord made him this amazing offer, "Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above" (Isaiah T 11). When Ahaz refused to do so, the Lord answered, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isaiah T14). This sign was fulfilled in the virgin birth of Christ.
Because of God's continual use of signs among the Israelites, Paul would write years later, "For the Jews require a sign" (I Corinthians 1:22a). Unfortunately, the church has also tried to operate according to signs, resulting in much confusion. Today, Christ has chosen another method to speak to His people, the Church which is His Body. This is through the completed, written Word of God. In II Corinthians 5:7, Paul writes, "For we walk by faith, not by sight." Where do we get the faith to walk the Christian life? "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17). Do not wait for some sign from God for your direction in life. Go directly to His Word!
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