Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
~ Psalm 86: 17
Put succinctly, your life should cause people to wonder. Your life should cause people to ask deep and reflective questions. Ultimately, your life should draw people to God.
Hence, David turned to God in prayer:
“Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”
~ Psalm 86:17
Of course, almost everyone in church today is praying this prayer. Everyone is busy asking God for signs; we’re asking God for a fulfillment of the promises He made to us; we want miracles. This is all nice and good.
However, pay attention to verse 11:
“Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
~ Psalm 86:11
Obviously, David sought to know God’s ways, before seeking to see His signs.
Understand: you cannot create God’s manifestations unless you know His ways. Moses performed the acts of God because he knew the ways of God. The people of Israel sought the acts of God, and experienced them; but it took Moses to perform those acts, because Moses knew the ways of God.
You’re not supposed to be an onlooker, merely observing, as others are celebrated for performing the acts of God. You’re not supposed to sit by, watch, and clap your hands for other people as they manifest and perform the acts of God. God wants to put you on the center stage; He wants to use you to display His glory, His signs and wonders.
But I’ve got even better news for you: God is not just going to give you a sign of His goodness; God will make you a sign of His goodness!