Thought for the Day – Sunday 30th August

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And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

Matthew 11 : 23 – 24

Here is a question, how much proof is enough? Criminal cases in Scotland require ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ whilst civil cases are ‘the balance of probabilities’. How much proof do you think people require to see God or to have a relationship with him? Is nature enough? Looking at the hills and the seas could point you towards God? What about seeing the way everything in nature fits together so well? It almost looks like there is a designer behind the whole thing. Maybe enough proof would be if God turned up and spoke personally to people? There are lots of incidents of that in the Bible, from Gideon and the fleece to Paul on the road to Damascus.

The actual answer to how much proof is enough is ‘more’, we are always looking for more. We want God to go the extra mile, we want God to make a special effort just for us. Jesus was clear time and time again that we don’t actually need more proof. Rather we need to open our eyes to see what God is already doing all around us.

Prayer: Father I need some spiritual glasses. I am so used to seeing the world how I want to see it that very often I don’t see you or what you are doing. Help me to see differently.