In our media-sensitive world, we have billboards everywhere and they can distract us from our real focus. If we’re looking too intently at a billboard, we could miss a signal from another driver and cause a wreck. When the sign becomes the focus, we lose sight of the true destination.
In the Old Testament, people had to live by signs. They didn’t have a born-again spirit from God to give them direction through an inner witness (Eph. 3:16). They needed outward signs from God in order to know where to go and what to do. Moses followed a cloud of fire and Gideon set out fleeces; they needed a supernatural occurrence from without in order to know what God’s plan was. In Proverbs, David prophetically writes that the spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord and searches all the inward parts of the belly. Now, he didn’t have a born again spirit yet, because Jesus had not yet come. But God used him to write about the way Christ’s followers should live and act and respond to the spirit after Jesus died so that we might be born again. As New Testament Christians with the nature and spirit of God resident inside us, we don’t have to look for outward signs. We can simply know in our “knower.” We are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7), meaning we follow the leadings and promptings of our born again spirit that dwells in us, not a supernatural sign.
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