Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”
He said to them in reply,
“An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign,
but no sign will be given it
except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights,
so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth
three days and three nights.
At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah;
and there is something greater than Jonah here.
At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation
and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon;
and there is something greater than Solomon here.”
It is so natural for us to want a sign, isn’t it? We are human. We want proof. We want Jesus to lay things out for us very clearly so that we can place our faith in Him.
Yet what is faith but it is a belief in something we cannot see. If we could see and prove everything, there would be no need of faith. In the Scriptures, Jesus encouraged faith as much as anything else. It was faith that brought about healing of many people. It was faith that gave people hope in the middle of trials and tribulations. It was faith that allowed people to love and forgive their enemies.
So maybe you are waiting for a sign from God in order to believe like the scribes and Pharisees. That is understandable. I remember asking God for signs as I was discerning my vocation. I wanted to know for sure that God was calling me to be a priest. As I look back, God was calling me and encouraging me in so many different ways, especially in the silence of my heart while I was in adoration.
At times God gives us wonderful, prodigious signs in order that we might believe. But most often he speaks to the silence of our hearts. He wants us to come away to a silent, deserted place to pray.
God also wants to contemplate the “signs” that Jesus gave us while He walked the earth. He told us that He would suffer, die and rise again on the third day. And He did exactly that. Whatever Jesus promises He fulfills. He is trustworthy, more than anyone else that has lived. And yet He gives us free will. The choice is up to us.
Am I going to place my complete trust and faith in Jesus?
Am I going to look for signs for proof?
Or am I going to pray and entrust my entire life, all my cares and worries, into the loving hands of Jesus?
Jesus, help me to trust in you. My heart wavers with the wind at times. I grow weary and lose faith so easily at times. But I know that you are trustworthy. Help me, like Peter who walked on water, to keep my eyes focused on you. When the winds and waves of life come my way, help me to trust in your loving guidance and protection
Have a blessed day.
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