Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God.
John 6:68–69 MSG 

The book of John is full of miracles, healings, and unusual experiences for many people who crossed paths with Jesus. I noticed the connection that Jesus kept pointing out between hearing and believing.

Consider the Samaritan woman in John 4, who heard and believed. She had every reason to roll her eyes and walk away, but when He spoke, she listened and believed.

In John 5, a man had been lying by the water of the pool of Bethesda for 38 years. When Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be healed?” the man answered with an explanation of why he couldn’t be healed. Jesus looked straight at him and said, “Get up. Roll up your mat. Walk.” The Bible says he was healed on the spot. Apparently, he listened and believed.

Look at the many followers and religious leaders to whom Jesus spoke in John 6 about His body and His blood. He went into a gory and visceral explanation about how they had to eat His body and drink His blood to enter into eternal life. The Scripture says that many turned away. Even His disciples said, “This is a tough teaching. Too hard to swallow.” They heard, but they didn’t believe.

Christ has said some hard things to me in the last year, things I found "hard to swallow." It’s been difficult because the believing precedes the miracle. It can be hard because, though I hear, I have not yet seen.

I don’t know if I would believe if I wasn’t already fully committed and confident that Christ is
 the Holy One of God. Like Peter, I have already committed myself to Jesus and found that only He has the words of true life.

Therefore, I believe.

Let me encourage you to stretch your faith. In the Gospel of John, we can see how the ones who heard and believed experienced many miracles, healings, and supernatural signs and wonders.

The Samaritan woman became an evangelist, inviting a city full of people to come and meet a man who knew everything about her. When they arrived, they listened and believed as well.

The man at Bethesda didn’t even know who helped him get healed. A few days later, he and Jesus crossed paths again in the temple, and 
he began to understand that the Messiah had come. He reported who healed him to the Jewish religious leaders. They listened and rejected him.

And what about the twelve disciples? Eleven listened and believed and changed the world. One listened but rejected Him and came to the end of himself.

Make Your Mark
Jesus is speaking to the whole world, but only a few are listening—even fewer can make the same confession as Simon Peter: only the Holy One of God has the words of life. If you face hardships you never expected, run straight to Jesus. Don’t hold back. Ask Him to speak to you, then listen carefully. Listen again. Listen until hope springs up. It will be the sign that you believe. Then you will know: Miracles are coming.