Looking for a Sign
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 30,31; 1 Chronicles 10; Matthew 12
Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 12:38-45
In today’s key passage, some of the Pharisees ask Jesus for a miraculous sign. They want to see Jesus perform some kind of a miracle that can convince them that He is who He claims to be – the Messiah. Jesus, however, refuses their request. He tells them that no sign will be given to them except for the sign of the prophet Jonah, and then He explains by saying, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”(Vs. 40) Jesus knew a lot about the hearts of the Pharisees. He knew that their hearts were so hardened that they would never believe that He was the Messiah no matter what kind of sign He gave them. At this point in His life, Jesus had already healed the sick, raised the dead, and driven out demons, but the Pharisees refused to believe. He would go on to die on the cross and be resurrected on the third day, but the Pharisees would still refuse to believe. The Pharisees were hoping to see a sign first and then they would believe, and I think many people today still think this way. They think, “If only God would show me a sign then I would believe in Him.” Perhaps you are even one of those people. As you read this today, you might be someone who is investigating God. Maybe you are trying to figure out if this whole Christianity thing is real. Maybe you are trying to figure out if God is real. Maybe you are just looking for a sign.
Before I was saved, I would often ask God for a sign. I would sometimes pray to Him and ask Him to show me a sign if He was real. I was not looking for anything flashy like the parting of the Red Sea or anything; I was just looking for some small sign from God to “prove” to me that He was there. I told myself that if He showed me that small sign, I would believe in Him and give my life to Him, and do you know what happened? Nothing. I looked and looked for a sign, and God never gave me one. Then one day, I heard the Gospel being preached and everything changed for me. For the first time, the Holy Spirit moved me and allowed me to open my heart and really listen to the Good News about Jesus Christ. That day, as I listened to those words, I gave my life to Christ. That day, I was saved. Fortunately, the story does not end there, because after that day something very interesting has happened for me. I have come to realize that those “signs” I spent so much time looking for and never finding before I was saved are now all around me. I see the signs of God’s presence every single day. I see them in His Word. I see them in the beauty of nature. I see them in the changes He has made in me to make me a better husband, father, and man. I feel God’s overwhelming presence as I watch the children of our church worshiping Him with all their hearts on stage. I feel His presence as I watch people being baptized. I feel His presence as I witness people give their lives to Christ in response to hearing the Gospel. If you have been waiting for a sign, listen to the words of Jesus from John 20:27 when He told Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe.” You may never find a “sign” in this life that makes you believe, but I guarantee that if you choose to believe, you will find more “signs” of His presence than you can possibly imagine.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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- lyrics: “1 2 free 4 me” (rejected by a Pharisee) (jrfibonacci.wordpress.com)
- Matthew 12: It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)