The significance of signs
When you drive down a road and see a red sign, you know its time to stop. If you drive in theUKand see a lolly pop lady in the middle of the road, you know its time to stop for school children to cross the road.
When we see certain signs/ symptoms in our body, we know its either time to change our diet, pray to the Lord and ask for help and healing or go and see a doctor. In summary, signs have meanings.
The bible talks about signs and wonders. Most of the time we limit this to miracles of healing. While signs and wonders do include healing and great deliverances, they are other signs which we do need to take heed to.
What do l mean? Lets look at a few examples in scripture:
1But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
7And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
9Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
11And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
12And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
What happened to Ananias, and Sapphira was a sign.
9And the sons of Eliab; Nemuel, and Dathan, and Abiram. This is that Dathan and Abiram, which were famous in the congregation, who strove against Moses and against Aaron in the company of Korah, when they strove against the LORD:
10And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign.
What happened to Korah was a sign.
Both accounts above are signs? What did Ananais and Sapphira do? They planned to do evil in their heart and lied. They thought they lied unto man, but they lied unto God (Acts 5: 4). The result of this was ‘ great fear upon the church and all that heard it’.
What happened to Korah and company is another sign. They rebelled against Moses, the ground opened up and swallowed them alive.
Friends, we do need to reverence the things of the Lord.
Romans 11: 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God:
To walk as true Christians we need to know both the goodness and severity of God. Is this the reason why many do not fear the Lord? All of the scriptures were written for a purpose. We cannot pick and choose what we want.
These signs were written for a purpose. Many dwell on the good signs of healing and deliverance but forget that the Lord has principles and we cannot continue to live anyhow. Next time you hear something, ask yourself a question? Is this a sign? Is there anything to learn from this?
As long as we fear and reverence the Lord we will enjoy our walk with Him. Lets us ponder and learn from others and continue to enjoy the goodness of the Lord.