If we are a people of faith, who walk by faith, what does it mean when we become overjoyed to actually see God at work through miracles? Are you at all like this? Like I am in this? Do miracles bolster your faith? Should they? I do believe the word of God, in fact I believe parts of it that often get me in trouble. I believe it’s miracles. I believe it’s testing. I believe it’s seeming contradiction to be somehow a teaching moment.
It’s all about properly dividing the word of truth, we are told. That is Scriptural, but who is the authority on “proper” here?
Our recent reading (Ellen and mine) of, Hiding in the Light,* spoke to me so deeply and with such authority about Gods use of miracles to confirm His word. And His use of the writings of ordinary people to challenge us. Well maybe not so ordinary in this case. But, It should not be a sudden Revelation that — “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”, and Jesus that Word was confirmed with the very miracles He performed. And ordinary men saw these and some believed. But some did not.
I was so convicted by the circumstances in Rifqa’s life as they intermingled themselves with His miracles; revealing again to me that a walk of faith is not intended by God to be easy. Of course, I already knew that. But her book has brought this truth home to me so clearly. Our walk of faith is intended to be transformative. It is filled with testing, and as James tells us:
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12 NASB
Rifqa certainly has proven her love for Jesus by the many testings readily seen in her young life. This love of her’s for Jesus even in the face of death has put me to shame. And has made me realize that though none of us are good; none but God Himself, still there are those who love so much that God can not help but be proud of them. I know that as I read her story I was so proud of her, and at the same time I was faced with the question: can you really walk this walk of faith if it were to carry you in the same direction that it carried her. Lord give me strength if called upon to do as she did? Can you Jerry Parks love as she loved?
When confronted with such love and even miracles men still refused to believe.
So when God uses miracles as seen through the testimony of others to confirm Truth to us, it is to draw us closer. We are in a test of our Faith. We are to test the spirits, and walk by faith in the word of God. Thank you Rifqa Bary for proving once again God’s Love for us.
*Hiding in the Light, by Rifqa Bary