Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Looking for a Sign





Scripture

The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.
(Matthew 16:1 NASB)
But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’
(Matthew 16:2 NASB)
“And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?
(Matthew 16:3 NASB)

Observation

The Pharisees and the Sadducees were well educated and they certainly knew the teachings of the Prophets. From childhood they had been taught the signs of the coming Messiah. Now, suddenly, the Messiah stood before them and they simply refused to believe the Truth. Instead they kept pushing Him for signs and wonders. Finally Jesus reminded them that they were willing to fall back on their education and experience to predict the weather, and yet, they were unwilling to do the same thing in regard to Him. It didn't make sense, and they knew it. They were simply too stubborn to believe that Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophesies.

Application

What sign are we looking for? Let's be honest, there are times when we, too, don't want to believe what is written in the word, but rather, want some kind of miraculous sign. In our daily lives we are willing to accept the roadsigns and markers which lead us on our way, and yet, when it comes to our faith, we don't want to accept the obvious, but rather, want Jesus to jump in and do something miraculous. We need to open our eyes and realize that He really is doing something miraculous each and every single day, if only we'd pay attention. However, too often our hearts and minds are overly cluttered with the junk of life and we can't see or understand the simply reality of the Messiah.

It's time for us to have very simple faith. You can read the signs. Believe what you have learned, trust in Him and allow Him to use you to change the world. It's really that "simple."

Prayer

Lord, please help me to see You today in the simple things of life. Amen.

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