From the very beginning, Signs and Wonders have been at the forefront of man’s belief system albeit because of a deficit. Signs have been given as supports for man’s weak faith in the one true God who really needs no support. It is our lack of faith that gives rise to God’s grace in providing them. Remember in the signs Genesis 9
11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. …
16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Ligonier Ministries wrote that biblical covenants are usually certified by visual symbols; these include circumcision for the Abrahamic covenant (Genesis 17:11), the Sabbath for the Mosaic (Exodus 31:13, 17), and the Lord’s Supper for the new covenant (Luke 22:20). The Davidic covenant required none since David’s offspring were its visible token (2 Samuel 7:11–16). Often these signs were already in existence (e.g., the Sabbath and circumcision), but were given new significance.
When God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses wanted a sign (Exodus 3:11-13). In this case, God’s sign to Moses was his actual leading the people out of Egypt. In Exodus 4, Moses continued ask God for signs about the Israelites believing that God sent him. Listen to why God says He even entertains providing a sign – 5 “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”
In John 4, Jesus, the ultimate authority and true judge, weighs in on the indictment of man’s faith.
46 Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47 When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
49 The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”
The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51 While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52 When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”
53 Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.
In this case, God’s purpose in providing signs resulted in belief or faith, but that is not the case throughout time. If we know the history shown over the bible, Signs and Wonders have been continually given to man that he might believe. While given, I, along with God and noted believers, are not convinced that it is still enough. Read to what Guzik writes about Jesus’ commentary about Signs and Wonders . Signs and wonders can lead a person towards belief in God, and can validate a heavenly messenger – but they can also have no effect on a person, and Satan can also use lying signs and wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9). Signs and wonders from God are obviously good things, but they should not form the foundation of our faith. We should not depend on them to “prove” God to us. In themselves, signs and wonders cannot change the heart; Israel saw incredible signs at Mount Sinai and even heard the very voice of God (Exodus 19:16-20:1), yet a short time later they worshipped a gold calf (Exodus 32:1-6).
I don’t need to ask where you are in needing Signs and Wonders. We all want them because of the feebleness of our faith. Like the Israelites who came out of Egypt, we struggle to believe in God despite what He has done in our lives to authenticate who He is and what He is able to do. We always want Signs and Wonders. Let’s pray that our faith improves because God, the one true and almighty God, needs not substantiate who He is. He is ever-faithful and true. God keeps His Word; yet, we, who are faithless, relate to God as if He is is a man, that he should lie, and the son of a man, that he should change his mind. Has not God spoken and not acted or promised and not fulfilled.
Shame on us for desiring Signs and Wonders.