When the Spirit comes, there will be new power, new understanding, critics, there will be visions, and God will provide signs.
19 [God said,] I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
Signs seem like a wild idea to us… a supernatural, charismatic, unusual way of experiencing God. Yet no matter how strange they may be to us, signs from God are no less real than ordinary ways of experiencing the divine.
Think about some of the signs God provides to his people in the Bible: a rainbow after the flood, a ram in the bush so that Abraham does not have to sacrifice his own son, bread and fish multiplied to feed thousands of people, the list goes on.
What signs have you seen of the power of God in this world? In your life?
Remember, Pastor Brad spoke about all the things that had to line up just right in order for him to meet his wife. Signs are not always fantastic and wild, but sometimes subtle. Think about the ways God has been moving in your life to bring you to this very moment.
Merciful God, who is always at work in the world for my good, forgive me when I fail to notice the signs you are providing. Please give me eyes to see and ears to hear, that noticing your goodness I would have assurance, and having assurance I would live with boldness for the sake of your mission. Through Christ the Lord. Amen.