(Note: I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted this yesterday. Sorry.)
Mark 8:1-21; 2 Samuel 19; Daniel 12
There was tension in the ministry of Jesus. He came to proclaim the kingdom of God. He announced the presence of God in the lives of all who would turn to Him. As part of that ministry He performed many miracles – especially miracles of healing. Up to that time, there were many signs and wonders performed to show the Jews that God was in their midst. (If you doubt that, begin by reading Exodus.) As a result, the Pharisees and others among the Jews became a “sign-dependent” people. In spite of all the healings, in spite of feeding thousands of people with a couple of sack lunches, the Pharisees weren’t ready to believe: “Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him. But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, ‘Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.’” (Mark 8:11-12) There are many like that today. They follow the latest preacher who can generate “miracles.” When they do that, the messenger becomes more important than the message of Jesus Christ. While signs are nice to see, they should be unnecessary when we think about how God has already worked in our lives. The resurrection alone should be enough for us to believe in God. What more could He do to make you believe in Him? In short, while God still performs signs and miracles, we should never focus on the miracles when we can set our hearts on the One who creates the miracles.
Lord, I know that You are in my life and that You are molding me into the person I need to be. Remind me when my faith lacks of Your grace. Remind me of what You have already done for me. Help me not to seek more signs of Your presence but to remember what You have already done. When You do perform miracles help me to rejoice not in the miracle, but in the Miracle Worker.