Luke 8:35-36 “Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.”
Jesus called out the scribes and Pharisees that asked for a sign.
Matthew 12:38-39 “Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:”
They wanted evidence before they would believe.
God tells us that faith needs no evidence, just belief.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The evidence I am encouraged to speak about today is that we can show a lost and dying world that our God is alive and well in this generation. Often, we are content to tell of others witnessing and spreading the gospel. But what do we have as evidence of God in our lives this week? This month? In 2020?
This maniac came to Jesus, unable to help himself, was healed. The evidence was that he was clothed, in his right mind, and sitting at the feet of Jesus. What evidence do we have of our salvation?
Is it because we go to church more often, change churches, or don’t swear, drink, chew, or run with those who do?
Stopping bad behavior is not evidence of God – there are folks in the world who have enough character to stop their bad behavior. Just after salvation, I found a Psalm that spoke to me about the transforming power God displayed in my life.
Psalm 40:1-3 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”
The evidence is not just where God brought me from, but what He brought me to.
“Set my feet upon a rock…” He gave me an eternal foundation in Jesus Christ
“Established my goings…” He gave me a purpose, a path, and His plan for my life.
“Put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God…” I no longer sing to the world’s tune of pleasure, fame, and wealth. He has given me joy, peace, and a love that passes all understanding. I give God all the praise for any good that is seen or done in my life.
“Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” The change that occurred in the lives of those who’ve trusted Christ is easily seen in how we live, how we speak, what we do, where we go, and who we’re with.
There needs to be a resolve in the heart of God’s children to seek and search for evidence of God in our everyday life.
Ask God to open our eyes to see His hand where previously we were blind.
Pray for answers that we might have something to brag about to others and say, “Look what God did!”