…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