seeking proof

Jesus said, “You’re looking for proof, but you’re looking for the wrong kind. All you want is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. The only proof you’re going to get is what looks like the absence of proof: Jonah-evidence. [Matthew 12:39 MSG]

I love how Jesus responds to the religious leaders request for a sign.
A common thread throughout history is the way that people chase after God for signs.
Many still require proof that God hears their prayers and the cries of their hearts.

Sometimes it is about farmers needing rain for crops or hurting people simply wanting relief.
Don't get me wrong, I have many needs and want to see miraculous signs.
But I have learned that seeking signs and seeking God are polar opposites.

I remember that night in April 1976 when I first prayed.
My heart broke as I saw my young wife go forward for healing prayer.
I closed my eyes and told God that I would give my life to him if he healed her.

As soon as I prayed that prayer I knew that it was wrong ...
Prayers with strings attached are not offered in faith ...
So I responded by giving my life to Him with not strings attached.

Interesting how the religious leaders in this passage now want a sign.
A few verses ago they quarreled with Jesus when he gave them signs on the Sabbath.
Their request for a sign comes across as a bit preposterous.

Yet to them, and to us, Jesus speaks of the sign given to all peoples of all times.
The Jonah-evidence is an allusion to the resurrection of Christ.
In truth no other sign is needed. No other proof need be offered.

Help me Lord to be one who seeks you for who you are and not what you do.

... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.

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