Read Matthew 12: 38-50
S.O.A.P. Matthew 12:38-39
(Scripture. Observation. Application. Prayer.)
S – “Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to Him, ‘Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.’ He answered, ‘A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”
O – The Pharisees were asking for another miraculous sign, but they were not sincerely asking to know Jesus. They had already seen enough miraculous proof to convince them that He was the Messiah, if only they would just open their hearts. They had already decided not to believe in Him, and more miracles would not change that. Many people have said, “If I could just see a real miracle, then I could really believe in God.” Jesus’ response to the Pharisees applies to us today. We have plenty of evidence – Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection, ascension, and centuries of His work in believers around the world. Instead of looking for additional evidence or miracles, accept what He has already given and then move forward. He may use your life as evidence to reach another person.
A – So often today when we question God, we ask Him to show us a sign or a miracle proving He is real and still for us. Praise God that He is good and many times blesses us with signs and miracles when we ask Him. But we should not need Him to fulfill our asking in order to prove who He is! He has already provided enough evidence through His work through Jesus. Jesus came to show the power of God here on the earth. The miracles He performed while on Earth are enough to prove He is the truth. Even if we do not see another miracle in our life, that does not disprove who God is. He has done more than enough and provided us with more evidence than necessary to show us who He is. We have a choice, to choose to believe in Him or not. We can ask God to perform the miraculous in our lives and the lives of others, and we may witness a miracle first hand. But if we don’t, it does not mean He is not real of does not love us. It means He is the All-knowing God, and He knows what’s best for us and what will bring the most glory to His Kingdom.
P – Dear Lord, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to Earth to teach and show us your goodness and power in a tangible way. Let the life Jesus lived be all the evidence we need to prove your existence. Let us not question your realness by the tangible evidence you give us today. Thank you for answering our prayers with miracles, but I pray we don’t use those miracles to prove who you are. Let us pray for miracles because we believe in you and know of your supernatural power. Amen.