Daily Reading: Matthew 12:16–50
But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Matt. 12:28)
Doubt is a common phenomenon, even among Christians. It is no wonder, then, that many who encountered Jesus during His lifetime wondered about the source of His power. Could this be real? Is it a trick? Or even something evil? Skeptics continue to ask these questions. Many find it difficult to believe Jesus could be who He appeared to be—and who we claim Him to be—the Son God. Surely, there must be some other explanation.
Interestingly, Jesus generally refused to engage His critics in debate. When posed contentious questions, He deflected them. When asked for a sign, He refused to oblige. And when challenged about His authority, He simply pointed to the results. The lame walk, the deaf hear, and demons are sent screaming back to whence they came. If that isn’t the power of God, what is?
Look for evidence of the Spirit’s work and you’ll find it everywhere, even today. The kingdom continues to advance by the Spirit’s power, and lives are transformed in the process. Former enemies become friends. Unwanted children find loving, adoptive parents. Addicts are restored to sobriety and productivity. Couples who had been on the verge of divorce find the courage to forgive and begin again. Homeless, hungry people are welcomed and fed. If that isn’t the power of God, what is?
Make a list of “God sightings” throughout the day today.
Lawrence W. Wilson is a pastor, author, blogger, and avid cyclist from Fishers, Indiana. He is the author of A Different Kind of Crazy (WPH).