I have asked myself this question many times: “God, if you’re real, why don’t you just do something so incredible, there’s no way anyone could ever refute your existence!?”
Why all this secrecy? Why all this debate? Don’t you see that if we knew you truly existed, we would follow you? But, as I read more and more of the Bible, I realize that God has proven himself again…and again…and again.
I felt God saying, “You mean when I delivered my people out of Egypt? Did I not prove myself? Was parting the Red Sea not amazing enough for you?”
Read more about this story from Exodus 14:21-22 HERE.
“What about the miracles I performed through my prophet Elijah during the drought and famine in Israel?” God proved himself to the people over the false god Baal by sending fire from heaven and burned up a sacrifice and wood that was drenched THREE TIMES by jars full of water. “Was that not miraculous enough for you?”
Read more about this story from 1 Kings 18:36-38 HERE.
“How about bringing someone back from the dead?” Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead in John 11:43, after he had been dead for four days, by simply saying, “Lazarus, come out!” “Surely you would believe me now.”
Read more about this story from John Chapter 11 HERE.
Or my favorite, the miracle of Gideon’s defeat over the Midianites! God actually told Gideon that his army had too many men, and that if Israel was to believe that it was God, and not their own strength that defeated the Midianites, they would need fewer soldiers. So God dwindled Gideon’s army from 32,000 men to a mere 300, and defeated the Midianites.
Read more about this story from Judges Chapter 7 HERE.
These are just a few examples, but again and again, God has proven himself throughout the Bible. Even in the Bible it says the people either didn’t believe, or they believed for a short period, and then lost hope again.
I don’t know why God doesn’t show himself more to everyone. As a Christ follower it would make explaining why I believe a lot easier. But then I remember that Jesus says in John 20:29, “Because you have seen me, you believe; blessed are those who do not see, and yet believe.”
However, in my own life, I have experienced God proving himself to me. The most extreme example was when my roommate moved out, and I had trouble finding a replacement. With three days left until rent was due, I was looking at paying double rent, which would just about wipe out my little bit of savings I had accrued. I was sweating buckets and praying hard for God to come through, and seriously started to doubt whether He cared at all about what seemed to be a huge problem in my life. I was angry and prayed, “I don’t know if you plan on coming through for me or not, but I am relying on you and I am trusting you; just like you say I should. If you don’t provide during my time of need, I will still believe and love you, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to trust in your provision again.”
I don’t recommend getting angry with God like I did, but I think if we were all honest, I’m not the only one who’s had these conversations with our Creator.
But like the Bible promises, God is faithful, ALWAYS. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.”
And God did provide the perfect roommate in just the nick of time, and everything worked out beautifully.
Sometimes I think we aren’t meant to have all the answers during our time on Earth. Maybe God wants to stretch us and test our faith, just like He stretched my faith. From now on, trusting in God is a lot easier for me, because I know in my heart He will never abandon me, because He loves me.
Over to you – has God proven Himself in your life? Let me know in the comments below!