Finding all the necessary documentation for my daughter's admission to college was a nightmare. Not only did we need two forms of identification, proof of health insurance, long-lost medical immunization records, and GED and ACT scores, but now we also needed an official high school transcript. Thankfully, I had saved her grades during the past four years and had prepared a transcript in the event we needed it. Sorting through my files on the computer to find the transcript, I shook my head and thought, "Why do I still need to prove my daughter's high school grades when she received such great ACT scores?"

God is also no stranger to providing proofs to an unbelieving world. Some people wrestle with believing God exists, even though creation has shown He does exist (Romans 1:19-20). Others, like the people in Christ's day, refuse to believe unless they see the proof of "signs and wonders" (Matthew 12:38-39 and John 4:48). Then, there are those who think they no longer need any proof of God at all because they have simply declared, "God is dead."

However, unbelievers are not the only people who foolishly place a burden of proof on the Lord. Sometimes, we Christians demand proof, too. Our fragile faith also causes us to ask God for signs and wonders before we step out and do what He clearly commands in the Scriptures. Repeatedly, we miss the blessings of being used because we are still waiting for some additional sign from God. God must shake His head in heaven and think, "I've given them the truth of my Holy Word, the example of my Son, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. What other proof do they need to obey me?"

Have you been asking the Lord for more proof before you serve Him (Deuteronomy 6:16)? Dear child of God, the burden of proof doesn't lie with God — it lies with you. God uses those who are willing to believe and obey Him. Won't you prove you are not only a hearer of the Word, but also a doer? "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves" (James 1:22).

Lord, forgive me for doubting Your provision to do all that You ask. Increase my faith and help me to follow You each day in the truths You teach through Your Word. In the name of Jesus, Amen.