Read: John 10:22-42
When I was younger, I would pray God that would give me a sign about various dilemmas in life. I would ask for a sign to know that He is real. I would pray about my crush at the time, “If he is the right guy for me then his hair will be up and if he isn’t, then his hair will be down” (His hair was down). I would seek wisdom by opening up the Bible to a random page and pick a random verse with my eyes closed. I’ve since learned that this is not how God usually works.
He doesn’t usually grant our requests for a sign to know His plan or that He’s real, but He still reveals Himself daily. He has revealed Himself to me through the world, through the prettiest sunsets, the millions of stars, and the grand mountains.
I’ve also seen God revealed through His mighty handiwork in my life. I saw Him when He gave me a camp counselor that went through the same abuse as me, which allowed me to tell my parents and begin to heal. I saw Him when, years later, I was a camp counselor and was given a similar experience. A camper opened up to me because she had been abused as well. She trusted me just as I had trusted my counselor. She could begin her healing process by finally opening up about it just as I did.
He has also revealed Himself clearly in scriptures. The book of John is about revealing who He is. In John 10:24 the Pharisee’s ask for a definite answer about Jesus’ divinity saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” They wanted a sign so they could be fully confident.
Jesus replied in verses 25-30, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” He had told them, but they still were skeptical. They had what they wanted and it still wasn’t enough. What they really needed was faith over facts. The pharisees had the facts: Jesus told them who He was, performed miracles, and was fulfilling their prophecies; but they lacked faith.
Jesus continued, saying, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” He reveals that He is one with God. He is God. Again He said just what they wanted Him to say, yet they still lacked faith.
Verse 31 says, “The Jews picked up stones again to stone him.” They asked for Him to say it and they were mad when He did. They didn’t like what He had to say. He is God and He has revealed that to us. It’s up to us to have faith in the truth He has spoken.
“I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:4). Meditate on this quote from scripture and how it relates to this passage. God has revealed Himself. Do you believe that He is God? Are there areas of doubts in your life? Ask God to help you in your unbelief.