We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2
Many people believed in Jesus when He gave sight to the blind and when He fed a huge crowd with a handful of food. These and other signs signaled God’s presence in the world in the person of Jesus Christ.
Today God still signals His presence. Paul writes, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). What miraculous signs these are! What is more extraordinary than the consecrated lives of ordinary Christians? What is more remarkable than the day-to-day dedicated work of God’s people? What is more significant than our continued confidence in Jesus and His promise of salvation?
“But the greatest of these is love,” declares Paul. The Holy Spirit produces the miracle of patience, kindness, and humility in us in the middle of a society that glorifies quick results, personal power, and self-promotion. We testify by our lives to trust and perseverance, contrary to trendy beliefs and changeable values. It is a miracle that the truth is still taught, preached, and believed in its purity, despite the proclamations of those who would rewrite the Word of God.
Miracles, signs, and wonders? The greatest miracle is that miracle of love that God forgives us for Jesus’ sake. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we see them! We live them!
PRAYER: Jesus, work in us the miracle of Your Spirit. Amen.
(Devotions from “The Abundant Life” copyright 1998, CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. Permission is granted for one-time e-mailing of this link to a friend. For information on other devotional material, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit CPH at www.cph.org.)