2 Corinthians 4:3-4 reads:
“If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”
I just don’t get it! There is so much that I read in the Bible, and I just don’t get it! Some of it is so hard to understand; some of it is hard to fathom; some of it is hard to believe.
Take signs and wonders, miracles and healings. I just don’t get it! Is it just me, or do you also hear of signs and wonders, miracles and healings, but never see it with your own eyes? Does it really happen today?
Sadly, there are many false claims and false promises made, that when you hear true stories of miracles and healing, you find it hard to believe. Take, for example, a story we heard last week during the WildFires! Revival Conference, as we visited Pisgah Chapel in Llanelli, South Wales.
It was told that at a former chapel in around 1914 (forgive me if the date is incorrect) that many healings were carried out by a prominent preacher. On one occasion, a person who had an eye missing found that a whole new eyeball was formed after prayer and eyesight restored. Truly a miracle and a tremendous healing.
I just don’t get it! Why don’t I see these things with my own eyes? Why is it only a story told by someone else, often from a time in the distant past? So, whilst I believe in the Bible, and the tales of miracles and healings, I find it difficult to believe that it still happens today.
The Bible at times seems like an abstract painting – an image clear and obvious to some, but a puzzle or a mystery to others. What on earth is it, or what does it mean?!
But one thing is clear – and the Bible says so! “Satan … god of this world … has blinded [our minds]” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). He doesn’t want us to know the truth, to understand the Bible, and to believe what it says. He has blinded our mind.
So may we pray; may we pray that when we hear of signs and wonders, miracles and healings, that God lifts the veil; may the truth be made clear to us; and may we know for sure that just as salvation is truly ours, miracles and healings are there for us to claim also, in Jesus’ name. Amen.