take it as a sign

Posted: May 20th, 2009 | Filed under: God, life | Tags: | 5 Comments »

…some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to [Jesus], “Teacher, we want to see a miraculous sign from you.”  Matthew 12:38

It may seem like a position of submission to ask God to confirm us with signs. You’re at a fork in the road and you need God to light up the avenue He wants you to take. You’re afraid of making the wrong decision and therefore, you seek a sign. So-called submission in asking for signs is only the veneer applied to the underlying belief that you can mess up God’s plan. When you’re operating under the belief that you can mess up God’s plan or purpose, then you’re functioning with the belief that your decision can trump God’s. Why else would you be looking for a sign?


If you are focusing on your limitations then you are too busy trying to navigate the maze of your limited understanding. Your lack of knowledge creates the walls and fear is your GPS device. Not once have you lifted your eyes to God. – ‘Grace Is For Sinners’


When we ask God for a sign, we eliminate our need for faith. We need something to see, something to experience in the flesh to confirm what may or may not be happening in the spirit. What ever happened to walking by faith?

We live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7

This mental power trip goes all the way back to Adam and Eve standing at the base of a tree making the decision to be like God and believe the illusion of control over their lives. The illusion of control is the power switch to self-awareness, self-sufficiency and self-possession. Self is the root of sin.  God’s plan is not hinging on your understanding or even your obedience. You are not in control.

“What God did in this case made it perfectly plain that his purpose is not a hit-or-miss thing dependent on what we do or don’t do, but a sure thing determined by his decision, flowing steadily from his initiative.”  – Romans 9:11

Looking for signs from God is unsound and subjective. It’s superstition. 

There are people who actually look for God’s will by shutting their eyes, flipping their Bible open and planting their finger to a random spot on the page. What’s wrong with that? It’s God’s word, so why wouldn’t he honor your lack of faith by using his scripture to alleviate the need for it? 

So you flip open the Bible and open your eyes to see his holy direction for your life. You’re finger is on Matthew 27:5. 

…[Judas] went away and hanged himself.

Well, obviously something went wrong that time, so you try it again. This time it’s Luke 10:37.

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Signs eliminate our need for trust in God, but feed our trust in self. What if you miss a sign? What if you don’t read it properly? What if you’re only seeing what you want to see? Subjective stimuli based on fallible perception or a faith that relies on God and his sovereignty. 

What did Jesus say to the religion scholars who asked him for a confirming sign?

He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! – Matthew 12:39

All you want is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. – Matthew 12:39 MSG

Don’t live your life in fear.

Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. – 1 Peter 5:7 MSG


5 Comments on “take it as a sign”

  1. 1 shannon said at 8:24 am on May 20th, 2009:

    I agree with what you have to say about signs. If we keep our eyes on God he will always lead us in the way we are to go. If it something we are supposed to do a door will open and if not then the door will be closed. I believe God can give you a sign but it is usually when you are not looking for one.

  2. 2 Weird Ralph said at 4:24 pm on May 26th, 2009:

    I disagree to some extent. Sure, those who simply flip to a Bible verse to give them guidance are copping out, but you also have to factor in free will. Sometimes, when you're at a crossroad in your life and you're faced with two (or more) possibilities, you want to try to remain in God's will. And so you ask for a sign. Does this mean you think your will trumps His? Of course not — it just means that you want what you're doing to be consistent with what God wants you to do.

    Of course, this all hinges on whether or not you believe humans have free will. I personally think we do. However, if you believe in predestination, then yes — looking for signs would indeed be an indication that you think your will could trump God's. On the other hand, though, wouldn't you be predestined to think that way?

  3. 3 Serena Woods said at 7:22 am on May 27th, 2009:

    Hey, Weird Ralph.

    I appreciate your thoughts here. I have no doubt that others are thinking the same thing.

    I think that many are under the impression that if God is sovoriegn, then we don't actually have free will. 'If all of the major decisions have been made, then how can we blamed for anything?'

    It's my stance that God's foreknowledge and predetermined plan do not affect our free will.

    I am a parent and I know that I could put a choice of beans or ice cream in front of my child and she'll choose the ice cream. I also know, given her limited motor skills, lack of forethought and attention to detail, she's going to make a mess of her face, hands, clothes and table. So, before she is even aware of a choice, I am preparing to clean her up after she makes a mess of things.

    Just because I know what she's going to do doesn't mean that I make her do it. She, to the extent that she reasons and determines, made her own choice.

    Usually, when you're at a crossroads, you have an idea of what you should do, but you're not sure. You can rely on your common sense and on the fact that you can trust God to come after you if you take a wrong turn.

    'Looking at it one way, you could say, "Anything goes. Because of God's immense generosity and grace, we don't have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster." But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well. With that as a base to work from, common sense can take you the rest of the way.' 1 Corinthians 10:23-25

  4. 4 Jeff said at 11:39 am on June 22nd, 2009:

    nice defense of calvinism, serena… 🙂

  5. 5 Serena Woods said at 12:48 pm on June 22nd, 2009:

    I shake my fist at labels! I gather that I am going to have to study an explanation of Calvinism to see if I am that. 🙂

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