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Look for signs from God

  • 1998 30 Nov
Look for signs from God
Does God give us signs as to what His wishes are? Yes. He is furnishing signs to everyone. Some are obvious and others are subtle. It is the subtle signs that are the most valuable to us as we deal with the everyday problems of our lives. It takes practice, trust, and alertness to notice the subtle signs. Just because we don't see them does not mean that God is not giving them.

Look for God's signs:

  • Jesus is a sign. We will not see God because no one has seen the Father except Jesus. But God manifests Himself to us in the body of Jesus. We can experience God through Jesus and the many miracles Jesus gave us. If we heed Jesus and His teachings, these signs are enough to give us direction for our lives. His teachings are our roadmap to paradise. At every intersection in our lives, He has posted signs for us to follow, telling us in what direction we should turn.

  • The Holy Spirit is a sign. What describes God's love for us better than His willingness to send His spirit to dwell within the heart of every believer? The Spirit waits in readiness to give guidance and direction for our lives.

  • The Bible is a sign. Unless we spend time reading, studying, and contemplating scripture, we cut ourselves off from all the wisdom that God wants to impart to us. With the power of the Holy Spirit, the words in print come alive with understanding of God's word.

  • Creation is a sign. All that surrounds us is part of God's creation. In the infinite interconnectedness of creation and in His attention to the most minute details of nature, God shows us His plan for all of mankind as well.

  • Fellow Christians are a sign. God uses individuals to share his wisdom and insight. You can read about the prophets in the Old Testament, the apostles of the New Testament, and mature Christians in this age who are attuned to the Holy Spirit.

  • Beware. Those who look for signs from any source other than the Holy Spirit or Jesus' teachings will be disappointed. Those who look for guidance from fortune tellers, astrologers, psychics, and the like, are to be pitied. God says they're wrong and looks with disfavor on such conduct. There is no need to look to the sky for a spectacular sign; it won't come. There is no need to seek a sign in world events; it's not there. The signs for our lives come from our God, through Jesus and His Holy Spirit. (Read Psalm 121.)

  • Results: When we finally get to the point where we know that everything comes from God, then we will enjoy life more. God gives us all good things: knowledge, wisdom, and, most valuable of all, love. These are the things that God is made of.

From God's Parts by James Kishler, copyright (c) 1998. Used by permission of Vantage Press, Inc., New York, N.Y., 1-800-882-3273.

James Kishler's adult life of service is bracketed by his experience in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and in his present duties as an elder in St. John's Lutheran Church in Newark, Ohio. He is retired from 45 years of mortuary service, mostly as the director of a funeral home he established.