Last Saturday, just three days ago, I was backing out of my driveway. As I continued backing out I began to look left and right, when all of a sudden, I saw a robin walking on my front lawn. I took out my phone and wanted to take its picture but I was in the car and too far away. I just filed the ocassion in my head and bwgan to say: "Thank you Jesus. Now I know that spring is truly on its way.
You see just a couple of weeks ago my daphodils began to make its first appearance as well, popping its little heads from beneath the cold frosty dirt that lay upon it. I gave them a verbal reprimand warning them that their appearance might be a bit premature; and that they might want to rethink jumping to conclusions with regards to what time it was. Lol
People especially Christians are drawn to visions, signs and wonders, based on their faith and spirituality. The Bible is filled with the prophesies and the miracles of the Old and New Testament. Many of us have the pleasure of currently reliving those moments of Biblical proportions as we watch the History Channels "Bible" TV series
Those of us who are connected to a local church and upon ocassion attend conferences or invite prophets to do revivals, are drawn to sermons that engage our senses in believing and hoping for better things and days to come. Saints will sow financial seeds to get a "Word" from God. Others will wait in long lines to have hands laid on them, hoping for a prophetic word about their future. Still others sow into TV Evangelist Ministries who also prematurely and sometimes falsely promise quick and instant healings, deliverance, and miracle prosperity. There is much fleecing of the flocks in this century.
And we must not succumb to the addictive sensations of becoming carried away with messages where every body is saying: "Chile the Lord told me to tell you that this is your season of increase, transformation and prosperity." The truth is that yes, God does want us to prosper; (1 John 3:2). But the Bible does say that in this life you will have persecution and affliction( John 16:33). But if we go back to our beginning scripture it also says that the vision, the plan of God is for an appointed time. It doesn't say season!
And here's where many of us miss God. Jeremiah 29:11 says: "For I know the plans I think towards you...." and since only He knows, we must wait on Him and trust only in Him to give us the set time, place and year of our favor. Remember the Pharisees and Sadduceeds also asked Jesus to give them a sign. and He told them: "Unless you see signs and wonders you won't believe... (John 4:48). We cannot get so hung up on signs and wonders that we fail to trust God and read His Word. We have to walk by faith and not by sight.
I know that spring is coming not merely because I see the signs of spring. I know that the eternal God keeps His promises. He controls everything. It might not look like spring today with the newly fallen snow that was sort of unexpected; but spring is on the way. That poor little Robin that I saw the other day is probably shivering inside his nest or some hole in a tree, but even he knows what time it is.
Your heart may be br oken because you lost a loved one a few months or maybe even a year ago, but cheer up: "weeping may endure for a night, but God promises your joy will returen. That young boy or girl, may not be doing all the right things right now, but remember that the Lord is married to the backslider, he is always poised and waiting for lost children to come home.
perhaps that sickness or disease has returned again and you feel that God has forsaken you, Remember that God is a physician not a practicing doctor, who has never lost a case. His plans are always for healing and restoration. After my daughter Danielle died, I had to have a whole new outlook on death and dying. Her pastor preached a lifechanging word about death at her funeral. Those words have stuck with me. He said sometimes the Lord will take the sickness out or you. But sometimes, He takes you out of the sickness.
The point is that as Christians, we are in a win win situation. That is why Paul said:" To live is Christ and to die is gain." ( Philippians 1:21). I hope that I didn't stray too far from my original point. But the message that I want to drive home today is that we have to stop this intoxication with seeing signs and wonders. They might be predictors for things to come, but should never replace our study of God's Word and our faith and trust in Him to bring all that He has promised to pass in our lives. The truth is that we have people who have the living proof and testimony of Jesus Christ. We can look at them and listen to them to know the power that God used to transform their lives.
Perhaps this message is primairly for mature saints than for baby saints. When you are new to Christ we look for the tangible signs and tangibles examples of a living faith. But as we mature in Christ, we should be more trusting and patient in our trials. When Thomas the disciple was told of the Lord's resurrection by the other disciples, he said I won't believe it unless I see him for myself.
And we know that Jesus did show himself to Thomas and then he believed. But Jesus went further to say thay: 'You believe because you have seen me, but bless are those who believe and haven't seen me," (paraphase, mine).
I've got a feeling that everything is going to be alright, even if we did get a few more inches of snow today. Lol. Relax, spring is still on its way. Your blessing is still coming, because God is in the blessing business. Trust and Obey Him, and he will surely being it to pass.
Have a wonderful day in the Lord and:
"Don't Forget To Say Your porayers."