“Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” Matthew 12:38
We live in the woods and we have black bears on the property. We first came up to the property when our kids were younger, and Mark would explain the bear signs to them. One of the most common “signs” of black bear activity is a variety of rocks that have been flipped over. The bears are searching for the insects that live underneath. They don’t flip every rock in an area but use their sensitive noses to choose the best “meal” rocks. The kids were skeptical to say the least, because at that point we had not actually seen a black bear here. They needed more signs, they wanted proof.
They even tried to fool us by flipping over rocks and pointing out the “false” bear signs. We weren’t fooled (OK, at least not for very long!). Their flipped rocks had no insect trails under them, they were just a lot of turned rocks in one area. Now, every once in a while, we actually catch a glimpse of a bear (usually running away, thankfully!), but not often. But as we walk a trail or hike out in the woods, the signs that the bears have been there are obvious. Turned rocks, claw marks on trees, opened up dead fall, dug out yellow jacket nests, and of course, scat. But I don’t think the kids really believed that the bears were here until they actually saw a bear.
The scribes and Pharisees had heard of and seen the things Jesus had already done. They had listened to His words of wisdom and teaching in the temple, but still they did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God. They wanted a sign as proof. Sometimes, we are like that, too. We just need a sign from God to help us choose our path.
But do we just wait for a “sign” before we are willing to choose, to act? Then we would be doing nothing, probably not a great choice. As we attempt to follow God’s will for our lives, we move forward, confident that He will lead us along the path that He wants us to take. We have to stay in prayer, stay in His word, and stay connected to Him. God will give us nudges to direct our path. When things don’t work out like we want them to, we have to have the faith to believe that God is choosing a different and better path for us to follow.
Sometimes the nudge is painful or disappointing or difficult in a way we can’t understand, but it changes our direction. And we continue, with God, and with the hope that this change will be good for us. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
This week, let’s not wait for a “sign” before we are willing to believe, but move forward in God’s will and allow Him to nudge us along the path He has chosen for us. What is your path? How has God nudged you to adjust direction? Consider these and the signs He does offer, like all of the blessings in our lives.
I thank God for each of you! And for joining me this week to look at signs from God.