A very serious question for each of us in the Lenten daily devotional: Do you accept God’s miracles? Miracles are signs of God.
Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.” (full text at Luke 11:29-32)
Looking for miracles, for unexplained paranormal phenomena does not always mean believing. Very often it is the opposite, not a search for faith, but for a doubt. Demanding visible signs from God as evidence is not a heart commitment to conversion, but a weak faith or unbelief. So it was with the people in Jesus’ day.
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Unbelief Seeks Excuses
The Lord performed many miraculous signs to confirm His messianic mission and to fulfill the prophecies about the Messiah. From the powerful sign of God at the baptism in the Jordan River to the demand for Jesus to prove his credibility once again in this Gospel passage.
But in this Gospel passage, we see that these people are demanding more and more, and they are not willing to seek the truth and to accept the signs of God.
Doubt tries to Tempt God
These attacks are an attempt to provoke God’s wisdom to bow to man’s desires. Satan did the same thing when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Matt. 4:3-6).
This is not a case of a legitimate desire for evidence and knowledge of the truth, such as John the Baptist asked for (Matt. 11:3-5).
Here the questioners are demonstrating their unbelief in God’s faithful love. That is why Jesus calls them a generation of adulterers.
The most important and final sign given by Jesus is the Resurrection from the dead. Jesus uses the story of the prophet Jonah to illustrate a prophecy into the future, of his own resurrection from the dead on the third day.
But people who have rejected Jesus’ previous miracles will also reject this, the greatest sign of all.
Man is Free to Choose his Future
But God does not force anyone to believe by coercion. He respects human freedom. It is up to man to decide where he wants to go – to eternal life or to hell.
Do you accept God’s miracles?
Lent is a time to renew our faith. To remember and experience anew that we have been reborn from above. Therefore, it is worth asking ourselves a personal question: am I also demanding proof from God and do not trust Him? What about my doubts and weak faith?
God has already done many miracles in your life. Do you notice them?
Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, your last and most important sign is your Resurrection from the dead. Each person must decide freely whether or not to accept this miracle of God. The future destiny of man depends on it.
Therefore, in these days of Lent, Lord, I ask you for the grace of faith. Strengthen my faith. Deliver me from the doubts that haunt me. Help me to decide for you once and for all and never to waver. This I ask of you, Lord Jesus. Amen.