“Lord, show me a Sign”!
“I need a sign”! “I need a sign”! That seems to be the Christian Anthem of our day; we need conformation from God, we need to be sure that God is showing us what to do and which direction we should go. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be sure of God's perfect will for your life, but it seems as though we spend more time looking for signs, than we do in just being obedient!
If you really need a sign, if you really want to see a sign...go to any street corner in your Neighborhood, and there you will most likely see a sign that says...STOP! Stop asking the God of all creation to give you a sign about something that He has already shown and told you to do! Stop needing conformation from the God that cannot lie..! Jesus said that “This people seek after a sign, and none shall be given them except the sign of Jonas the prophet” (Luke 11:29). Our walk with God is a walk of Faith, not a walk of needing to have a sign for this, or for that...Romans 8:14; For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Are you a son of God...or, a sign seeker?
Let me give you an example from scripture. When the Angel Gabriel was sent by God to Zacharias and Mary, there were two different responses. One that was filled with doubt and needing proof...or a sign if our will, and the other filled with faith and curiosity as to how it would happen...not doubting nor needing any proof. In Luke chapter 1 verses 18-20; And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 20
And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
Zacharias' words: “Whereby shall I know this”...implies, “how can I be for sure...I need proof...give me a sign”! And yes, he did receive a sign. Gabriel begin to give Zacharias his credentials and said: I am Gabriel...I stand in the very Presence of a Holy, Righteous and True God...a God that cannot lie. It impossible for Him to lie, and you dare question my words, which are actually, His God's) words!? So, because Zacharias did not believe, his sign was that he was mute until after the birth of John the Baptist.
Now in the case of Mary we read in verses 28-35; And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, [thou that art] highly favoured, the Lord [is] with thee: blessed [art] thou among women.
29 And when she saw [him], she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
At a glance, one might assume that Mary was in doubt and asking for a sign as did Zacharias; but Mary asked “How shall...”! “Tell me how shall it happen”! In other words, she was in total agreement with what the Angel Gabriel had spoken to her. She knew, I believe; that this birth would not be brought about with the assistance of a man, she somehow knew that this would be a miraculous event orchestrated by the Living God to usher in the Savior of the World! And she wanted to know...”how will God do it”?!
Jesus said that “My sheep know my voice”! Are we spending quality time along with the Lord to really know Him? Or, are we Sunday Saints only? Believe me, I am not speaking as if I am “Holier than thou”...this applies to me as well. How much time do we sacrifice for the Lord, to be alone with Him, Praising Him, Thanking Him...just as Mary, the sister of Martha, who thought it more important to be at Jesus' feet, hearing His words, becoming intimate with him, rather than being busy about much service. You see, sometimes we can mistake busyness with Church stuff (Revivals, Conferences, Meetings), as doing God's work or service. We tend to misplace the importance of what is most important in our Christian walk..and that is spending precious and quality time alone in the presence of the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!
If there is ever a time when we need to know the voice of the Lord and hear it...it is now! Things and events are happening at record speed, and we as believers need to know the will of God and His divine purposes, and direction for our lives. When Jesus prayed that God's will be done on Earth as it is done in Heaven, it is done in Heaven! Think about it...the Angels don't question, nor ask for conformation or a sign! No, they carry out the will of the Father!
There are many voices out there...the voices of our acquaintances, the voices of our own desires and of course, the voices of seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. We must strip ourselves of this world, and let go of everything that is a hindrance to our spiritual growth. As Paul warned to not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind...so that we my prove (know or discern ), what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God is! (Romans 12:2).
There is nothing wrong with wanting to be certain about what decisions to make regarding an issue that you may be experiencing, and wanting to know the right path to take, or if this job is the right one that God has ordained for you. Or even wanting to be sure as it relates to a future husband or wife; those things are important. But let's not always require a sign or conformation from God when we know that He has spoken a thing to us....how insulting that is to the Spirit of Grace! Let's be a people of Faith, who as Abraham was, believed God...not knowing where he was going, but walked on by faith and it was accounted to him as righteousness.
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