Read Matthew 12:38-42.
Devotion by: Nina Beard
Craving for Signs Rebuked
Have you ever asked God for a sign?
“God just give me a sign if I should make a career move.”
“God just give me a sign if I should start this business.”
“God just give me a sign if I should purchase this house.”
That is exactly what the Pharisees were asking of Jesus in Matthew 12.
The Pharisees were asking Jesus for a sign that he was truly the Messiah. The problem was Jesus had given them many signs including healing the sick, raising the dead, feeding 5,000 with a small loaf of bread and two fish, and still, they did not believe. So Jesus answered, “The only sign I will give is the sign of the prophet Jonah.” The sign Jesus would give would be His resurrection! After three days in the grave, Jesus would rise again, just as Jonah had been in the belly of the great fish for three days and then was returned to shore by the same fish. Although they could not understand the resurrection until it had occurred, do you think they believed even then?
After Jonah was spat onto the beach, he preached to the people of Nineveh, the people believed, and the city was saved! Jesus compared the hearts of the people in Nineveh to the Pharisees. He said, “The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here.” According to notes in the Life Application Bible, these Gentiles (Ninevites) recognized the truth about God, unlike the religious leaders who ignored the truth even though it stared them in the face.
Then Jesus mentions the Queen of the South who came to Solomon to hear His wisdom, and when she heard it, she believed. Then Jesus said, “and now something greater than Solomon is here.” In other words, the One who gave Solomon his wisdom and riches is the One who you are asking for a sign. Can’t you see what you have already?
So the question is, what signs are we demanding of God when He has already provided us all we’ll ever need through Jesus? I am choosing to believe like the people of Nineveh. I am choosing to believe that my salvation comes from the Lord. I am choosing to believe He is my healer. I am choosing to believe He is my protector. And, I am choosing to believe I am who He says I am, much like the words found in the Hillsong worship song, “Who You Say I Am”:
I am chosen
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am