Signs that God Loves You?

This week I watched a video from several years ago of a pastor preaching a message on the greatness of God - in doing so he told everyone "how you can always know that God will hold you together!"  I was intrigued - how can I know for certain that God will always hold me together!  Do tell.  

His answer....Laminin.  You may have never heard of this.  Neither had I.  So I was curious, "what is laminin and how does this help me to trust God?   Laminin is a protein in the body that is an adhesion molecule - holding like glue, your membranes together in the human body.  Why is this so important?  Because the shape, the pastor says, is in the shape of a cross - an indication, a sign, that Jesus is holding all things together just as Colossians 1 says.   This, he says, is proof that God will hold everything together for you.  

I have to say, my curiosity was changed to confusion - "this is how I will know"?  Really?   Two things came to my mind.  

1.  Is this true scientifically.  Here is a picture of Laminin under a microscope.  Sometimes it looks vaguely like a cross - but sometimes it looks nothing like a cross.   Other molecules when put under a microscope look like a God endorsing Nazism?  Of course not.   What if there is a molecule in the shape of a crescent moon - does that verify the truthfulness of Islam.  No.  


2.  Is this true biblically.   This reminded me of Moses - standing before Pharaoh.   Exodus 10:28, after the 9th plague,  [28] ...Pharaoh said to [Moses], “Get away from me; take care never to see my face again, for on the day you see my face you shall die.”   [29] Moses said, “As you say! I will not see your face again.”  Pharaoh had seen 9 signs of God's power, 9 signs to bring him to repentance, 9 signs for him to let the people go - but he hardened his heart, he refused to obey - Pharaoh tells Moses to leave, Moses says no problem.  Pharaoh loses his mediator - he loses access to God - it is as if Moses is saying - you won't get any more signs - if these won't do, the next thing you will experience is judgment.  Nothing was going to convince Pharaoh.  

Jesus was presenting signs & miracles all over Israel - there is virtually not a single illness in the land - dead people are coming alive, blind people are seeing, lepers are healed.  The pharisees come to Jesus and start making demands [38] ...“Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”  They are treating Jesus like a magician - entertain us, convince us.   [39] But [Jesus] answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. [40] For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  

Do you see what Jesus is saying - the only sign the pharisees will see is the sign of the resurrection - if that will not convince you of the truthfulness of the gospel, of the veracity of Jesus, nothing will.  The same thing is true for us - medical miracles, scientific breakthroughs, things in nature are all great and they attest to the glory of God and his power and might.  At the end of the day Satan does not care if you admire God, see him in Creation, or are captivated by miraculous happenings around you - as long as you don't believe Jesus is the resurrected Messiah.  But if you want to see a sign that shows that God will not just hold everything together but loves you with a never ending love, has redeemed you through the blood of Jesus Christ, will come back for you in the future, will raise you from the dead, will bring you into eternity with him forever - the only sign you need is the resurrection of Jesus - if that is not enough for you - nothing will be.  Whether or not the laminin looks like a cross - or not - doesn't change anything for followers of Christ because our hope is not in graven images or earthly ones - we don't worship creation any more than we worship idols.  

Seeing a cross in the microscopic images of Laminin is no more evidence of God than finding a picture of Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich or the Shroud of Turin.  As Christians our faith is not dependent on earthly signs - in part because blessed are those who believe yet do not see.  We are intrinsically not people who celebrate images because we are people of the Word & our God does not tolerate graven images - or anything that takes our attention of the God who speaks and saves.  Our God, unlike the idols of Israel's day, is a God who speaks & acts.   If you are lacking faith that God loves you, if you are lacking confidence in Gd's plan, if you are struggling to wonder whether or not God will keep you in his hand until the very end - don't look to signs, horoscopes or tarot cards - look to the Bible; look to the words of God that say, nothing can snatch you out of his hand and nothing can separate you from his love, look to the resurrection that says God accepted the sacrifice of Jesus for you.  Don't let signs convince you that God loves you & will hold things together.  You have the Spirit; you have the empty tomb; you have the written word of God - You don't need any more signs than that.