Thursday 24 August 2023

Matthew 16:1-4

1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

2 He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3 and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away.

The first thing I note in reading this passage is that that the Pharisees and Sadducees are in a “testing” mindset. What am I after when I am in such a mindset? I am looking for proof. If I’m testing someone, I’m looking for them to prove themselves to me. How many times do I come to Jesus just like this, even subconsciously?

These leaders wanted heaven to come to them, in the way that was impressive them. And yet was not the greatest “sign from heaven” that has ever been, or will be, right there in front of them? Literally!

I am reminded that God is constantly at work in His world. In love. On mission. With good purpose. And yet I can miss Him right there in front of me, because I’m so bent on my own “testing” ideas or passionate agendas.

Jesus, help me be humble in daily life. Help me see where you’re already at work, what you’re already doing, and join with you, rather than arrogantly trying to force you to jump as high as I demand. Truth is, as you told the Pharisees and Sadducees here, you’re God, not me. If anyone can ask anyone to jump a certain height, it’s you. But you don’t play mind games. You’re bringing your good salvation to the world. I want in on THAT!

Thank you, Jesus. Amen!”

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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