Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” Jesus replied, “A wicked and adulterous generation demands a sign. Matthew 12:38-39
Most anytime a believer talks about asking God for a sign, it is inferred that signs are unpleasing to God. Yet, most every Biblical covenant has been confirmed by some visual symbol. The Abrahamic covenant included circumcision, the Mosaic covenant had the Sabbath, and the new covenant had the Lord’s Supper. God made a covenant with Noah by setting a rainbow in the clouds.
So what about Jesus words in Matthew where he says that only an evil and adulterous generations seeks for a sign? Just after, He called them wicked and perverse. But that whole account was characterized by rebellion and unbelief. Jesus was the sign but they rejected Him. In their denial of the truth, they asked for another sign. This was an affront to God the Father.
If I love Christ and walk obediently in His ways, I will encounter times when I’ve prayed about a critical decision but am just unsure which way to go. In that instance, I ask for a sign, or a series of signposts, where God shows me that I’m on the right, or wrong, path. My experience is that He is very eager to give markers. He wants me to get it right. He applauds my obedience and celebrates that I care about making a righteous decision.
You are a good Father and You constantly show me the way. Thank you. Amen