So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” John 4:46-48
It amazes me that anyone in first century Palestine after all the miracles Jesus did could not believe He was who He said He was, the Son of God. People who were born blind received sight and the dead were raised to life. He turned water to win and walked on water and yet people still refused to believe. Others heard of these miracles from friends and family and many of them also refused to believe. There were so many witnesses and yet so many refused to believe. Why?
For some I think the reason is that Jesus refused to perform on command. Sure they had heard about the miracles, maybe even seen one, but they wanted Jesus to do another and another. They wanted to turn the Messiah into a sideshow freak. They wanted to be entertained. Others are like people always have been; they had to see for themselves. I think too many of us act like we are from Missouri the show me state. If we are not eyewitnesses to an event then it must not be true. Especially when what is claimed is outside normal occurrences.
Then there are the truly skeptical. They refuse to believe even when they are witnesses to the event. Bertrand Russell was once asked that if God caused the clouds to spell out Bertrand, I exist, God. Would he believe? His answer was no, he would look for some natural explanation. He would refuse to believe what he saw. True skeptics refuse to believe in miracles. They believe that only the natural exists and that there is no reason to call on the spiritual for answers.
Miracles still occur today but by their very nature miracles are rare events. Most of us will go through our entire lives and never witness a miracle. That we still believe without witnessing a miracle is the very essence of faith. We can ask for a miracle but we should never demand one. God does not perform on command. God works in His own way and His own time.
Have a blessed day,