Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 3, 2019

“yet, with respect to the promise of God, he (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 1:43-51.

“The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He *found Philip.  And Jesus *said to him, “Follow Me.”  Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.  Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?”  Philip *said to him, “Come and see.”  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and *said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”  Nathanael *said to Him, “How do You know me?”  Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”  Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God;  You are the King of Israel.”  Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe?  You will see greater things than these.”  And He *said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”  John 1:43-51.

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We tend to be unbelieving and to be continually seeking more and better signs before we believe.

“Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”  But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign;  and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;”  Matthew 12:38-39.

But, Nathaniel, when presented with a “minor” sign from Jesus that could have been explained away and doubted by Nathaniel, believed and confessed Jesus.  “Nathanael *said to Him, “How do You know me?”  Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”  Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God;  You are the King of Israel.”  Verses 48-49.

The lesson from Nathaniel (and also from Abraham) is that we should not waver in unbelief nor seek more and better signs before we believe, but rather we should believe what sign and the the promises of God in Scripture that God does give us.

“yet, with respect to the promise of God, he (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.  THEREFORE IT WAS ALSO CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”  Romans 5:20-22.


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