Monday: 23rd July, 2018
Reference: Matthew 12:38-42
Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Anytime I read a different account of an encounter between Jesus, the Scribes & Pharisees, I can’t help but wonder what other adjectives can be employed to describe them because I seem to be running out of English words: Bold? Confident? Daring? Annoying? Or just plainly unrelenting? They just kept coming at Jesus with every new trick they could find in their book.
However, today’s episode is one that could be related to the believer in a very unique dimension. The Scribes and Pharisees were never shy in approaching Jesus to make their requests known:” Master, we want to see a sign from you”. Jesus’ immediate response: ‘no new sign will be given because a sign has already been given.’ was pretty much along the lines of the Lord giving ear to our prayers and the message in Hebrew 4:16 that mentions the boldness with which we ought to be approaching God in time of need.
As I reflected on these words, I got this realisation: ‘if the words of the Pharisees were a prayer, and Jesus’ answer, God’s response; then many of us have already received answers to some of the prayers we have prayed. However, the only reason we seem to keep pushing God to render a different response is because the initial answer was one we did not want.
That should get us thinking: what are some of the answers we have received to our prayers that we have plainly refused to accept? Beloved, are you still in the state of forcing the hand of God to what we want and not what He sees best for you? If so, now may be the time to back down. Again, this is the reiteration: ‘you seek a particularly answer which will not be provided, because you already have God’s answer to that prayer.’
Remember # you cannot force God’s hand, and however hard you try, God will not let you pray yourself out of His best for you.