A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Matthew 16:4
I was stuck on verse four of this chapter this morning. Jonah was commanded to go and warn the people of Nineveh that the Lord was going to destroy the city. Jonah, in disobedience, ran to the city of Tarshish by boat. Jesus sent a severe storm and Jonah found himself in the belly of a fish! The people of Nineveh, after having an eye witness account of Jonah’s deliverance from the whale, repented from their wicked ways.
Matthew 16:4 packs a punch! Simplistic truths are sometimes the hardest to accept and follow.
- There are definite consequences for disobeying our Lord.
- The Pharisees saw many more signs and wonders than the people of Nineveh, and yet the Pharisees remained in their disbelief.
- Is the healing of the blind and mute, the demon-possessed, the sick and bleeding enough? Is bringing back to life the dead enough? Is His shed blood on the cross enough? Are all of these things enough for us to believe? We have all of the signs and wonders we need. It’s a choice to believe or not believe.
A few friends of mine have been noticing that God seems to not be answering their prayers in the same way He used to. I have found that to be true in my own life. As we mature and grow, He expects us to know Him. Signs and wonders are never going to be enough. We must spend intentional time with the Creator Himself in order to understand that He alone is enough. Even if He gives not one more sign that He is real and majestic…He still IS. He will always Be. He is enough.