The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 But He replied to them, When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.
The validity of Jesus wisdom is showcased as He brought the lesson He taught them to the common sense of life. When we see a clear sky we think it is going to be a great day. But when we see threatening clouds we think a storm is on the way and that simplistic reasoning was missing the point of the sign of the times. Just like we miss the signs of the Lord today by immersing ourselves in busyness and time abuse. We take very little time to slow down, stop the busy schedule, get alone with God and “listen” and realize the signs of things going on around us. Jesus said to the Pharisees and Saduccee’s 2 But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?
Here are some signs of our times that seem to make sense to watch, listen, and discern.
Our world is drifting further away from God in every area of life and even the church has lost it’s focus in the area of evangelism.
The internet has birthed a desire in many to become experts in many things that don’t matter, but the Bible has lost it’s priority in giving us an example of how to live our lives.
Typing (texting) has replaced human interaction in real conversations and we have become numbed to the needs of others because we aren’t “present.”
We have begun to doubt the Word of God, but yet we don’t even know what it says. So we can’t identify signs God is giving us because we don’t have a standard to go by.
There are many more signs that we can see if we will only look. Jesus told the generation of that day that they can seek after a sign, but will see no sign, save the sign of Jonah. Jonah’s sign as mentioned by Jesus is found in Jonah 1:17 where it says 17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days, so would Jesus be in the grave. Jesus said this in verse 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away. This is the “drop the mic” moment of the whole situation and Jesus left this message for them to chew on. Have you ever heard a scripture brought to life and then it leaves you to decide what you will do with it? What is your sign for living for Christ? What turns your crank?
How many more things will need to happen to wake us up to the fact that the signs are everywhere and we are blinded by an ever evil and numb generation that is turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to what God is presenting. I think a good move for all of us would be to ask God to make us sensitive to the world around us and then repent and turn back to Him. When that happens with one it will grow to affect others as the Holy Spirit causes us to respond and come back to God. I believe it is possible and God is showing us just enough to draw us back to Him in a new and fresh way.
What’s your sign? Maybe it is this blog. You never know..
The Pilgrimage continues….