“When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat and they were frightened.” John 6:19
The story of Jesus walking on the water is a familiar one. We might however ask an obvious question. Why did Jesus perform this miracle? Jesus seemed very careful not to do miracles just to “show off.” Instead of walking across the water in the middle of the night, Jesus might have waited until the next day and caught the next boat. But he did not. He walked across the water to the disciples, to their amazement!
God sometimes gives us signs of his presence and care. These often come unexpectedly. Something happens that encourages us. A friend gives us needed advice. We see some evidence of God’s presence. Circumstances work out in just the right way. We experience God’s help in some way. These signs are meant to be encouragement to us along our way. They are small reminders of God’s presence.
We need to have a balance between being aware of them on one hand and overly dependent on them on the other. Most major decisions do not need to be made because we receive a sign. The interpretation of events is subjective and sometimes we see signs because we want them. We read into events the meaning we are hoping for. Rather than living our lives by signs, we should seek wisdom to know how to direct our lives according to God’s word and will.
But we also ought to be aware of God’s presence in our daily path. We believe God is at work in the world. God’s Spirit is present and active. We ought to sense God with us, see evidence of his work, and live in the flow of God’s grace and Spirit. When God gives us little signs of his presence, it is to encourage us to know that he is near and with us.
In the Old Testament, God sent a prophet to encourage king Asa. The prophet said, “The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.” II Chronicles 15:2, 7 We should also take these words to heart. They are a sign to us that we too will find God if we seek him. We should work diligently for the Lord. Our work too will be rewarded.
With Warm Regards,