Wondering about Signs

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: John 20:1-31; Proverbs 6:1-5

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
John 20:29-31
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

REFLECT
There seems to be some contradiction in the above verses about the importance of signs.  On the one hand, Jesus seemed to suggest that those who do not depend on signs for faith are more blessed.  Yet John concluded that signs were performed and recorded so that readers would believe.  So are signs necessary or not?

RELATE
Personally, I feel that signs are important and good, as long as it remain signs, and not the destination.  Signs must necessary be few and strategically placed to be useful.  Imagine a long road littered with signs every few meters – it would render the traveller’s experience quite unpleasant!  In my life, there were critical points where the Lord showed me a sign, so that I knew where to go.  But there were also times when I asked for one, but none came.  I suppose we will all do well to note Paul’s timeless words:

1 Corinthians 1:22-23
For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified …

REST
Lord, help me to journey on, with or without signs.  For Your Word has given me light sufficient for my path, and strength enough for my road.

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Day 230

by Rev Joel Yong

Daniel 11:2-4
And now I will show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia, and a fourth shall be far richer than all of them. And when he has become strong through his riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece. Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do as he wills. And as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according to the authority with which he ruled, for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go to others besides these.

God already knows beforehand about the coming of kings, their ascent and their decline.

Even kings have their lives and progress already known to God. They may seem great but He already knows the day their empires will decline and break apart.

He knows about your life too. Each day, each tear shed and each fist pumped in victory.

Why not listen to Him then? Since God already knows what is going to happen – surely He knows the best way to navigate this life!

Why try and forge your own path when there is a God- ordained one!