Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Why Doesn't God Show Himself!?!

Read this today on Facebook:  "If God is real, why doesn't He prove it to me?  If salvation of my soul is what He wants, then why doesn't Jesus show up at my door?  Why doesn't He make me, an adult, grow another foot taller?  Or an amputee's leg grow back?  Where are the miracles?  Where is the proof?!"



I have struggled with this question myself before I was a believer.   When I was 12 years old and having a severe asthma attack, struggling in my bed in the middle of the night to breath, I prayed---"If you are real, make this asthma attack stop!"

Guess what.  


It DID stop!  


But I figured it was a coincidence and so I did not believe.  When our hearts are hardened in disbelief;  when we willfully do not want to know Him, we ignore the miracles all around us.

Jesus performed miracles, and still people didn't believe.  One day Jesus was brought before the religious leaders who demanded He perform a miracle so they might believe.  Jesus would not.   Jesus knew what was in their hearts.  He knew they did not really want to believe.   Jesus  was not a "dog and pony show".  He performed miracles for those who believed and had faith.

There is a story in Luke 16:19-31 called "Lazarus and the Rich Man".   In a nutshell, Lazarus is a poor, filthy, and very ill man lying at the gates of the rich man, begging for food.  The rich man ignores him day after day.


Then one day they both die.  Lazarus goes to Heaven, the rich man goes to Hell.  The rich man is tormented eternally in Hell (this is one of the Bible's glimpses for us to learn what Hell is like) with an unquenchable thirst.  The rich man begs Abraham for mercy.  There is none.  Then he begs Abraham that Lazarus be raised from the dead to warn the rich man's family to repent and be spared the fate of going to Hell.  


Abraham tells the rich that the hearts of his family are so hardened in disbelief, ignoring the law of Moses and the prophets that they would not even believe a man risen from the dead.




Guess what. 


Jesus was risen from the dead. 


And just as Abraham told the rich man, people did not believe. The risen Jesus appeared to over 500 people, and still, people did not believe.  We have multitudes of written accounts including eye witness accounts (the gospels) of this miracle and still, today, people do not believe.


God cries out for our salvation..  He truly wants us to repent so we can be with Him in eternity.  He gives us evidence--all around us---in the Bible, in Historical Records, in Archaeological records, and in Science, but we choose not to look at the evidence.  We don't read the Bible, we don't study the Historical and Archaeological facts and don't accept that Science can prove God.


God will not be a "dog and pony" show.  He has presented the evidence, He has shown Himself to us.  It is up to us to open our hearts and accept the evidence and turn to Him.  For our Salvation.  For our eternal souls.


2 comments:

  1. My Godmother prayed for somebody who had been blind in one eye for 16 years...and after she prayed they got their sight back!

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    1. that is amazing! thank you for sharing!!

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