A devotional thought from Jared Wilson for “God Is Not Mute”
Skeptics of Christianity often say: “If God exists, why doesn’t He just show up here in front of me and prove it?” Some might recall comedian George Carlin’s routine of cursing God and then pausing for lightning to strike. When it did not, he offered this as proof that God is a fairy tale.
What these critics of the Christian faith are saying is that there is a miracle sufficient to prompt their belief. As the Bible says, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9), so we should not be surprised that this atheistic challenge is as old as the hills.
In Jesus’ parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), the condemned man agonizing in hell begs Abraham to commission a miracle for his unbelieving brothers who were still alive. Abraham replies: “If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead” (v. 31).
The rebuke is clear: If someone will not believe the Bible’s powerful revelation of Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life in regards to saving knowledge of God, there is no amount of amazing supernatural feats—not even resurrections of the dead—that will do the trick.
What we learn from this passage and others like it is that the special revelation of the Bible is sufficient for saving belief in God. There is no authenticating miracle greater than the miracle of God’s Word given to sinful men by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Pause and Reflect
• How might some skeptics discount demanded miracles even if they were actually granted?
• What are some other problems with the demand for God to prove Himself via a “special order” miracle?
• Identify any areas in your walk with Christ where you may be demanding God deal with you on your terms, not His. What are some practical ways you could repent of this attitude?