A Sign of the Times ….

MARK 8: 11-12
11 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had arrived, they came and started to argue with him. Testing him, they demanded that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority. 12 When he heard this, he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why do these people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, I will not give this generation any such sign.” 13 So he got back into the boat and left them ….
It seems like we are always using our relationship with God as a measure of certainty for our Faith. We want to be certain that we are on the right path without any risk or steps of faith on our part. We would like for God to not only shine a light on our path but also to put up some road signs along the way that tell us we are where he wants us to be. We often say we are waiting on a sign from God or the more popular phrase today is “God’s Got This” and while that is true and may be helpful, it is like affirming the earth God created is round – of course it is and of course he’s got this because he has everything. There is nothing wrong with using these certainties to affirm our faith in God and to support one another but in our daily walk with God how do we live out our faith? 
Hebrews 11:1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. The writer of Hebrews asks us to look beyond what we can see to our hopes and dreams so that God can accomplish His purpose and fulfill our faith. To do that maybe we need to send a sign to God that we are willing and able to move and act on His behalf. We can send Him a sign that our Faith lives in our hearts and our actions. He might in turn send a sign ( evidence ) that the purpose He has for our faith is both real and working. Then may our lives of faith be seen as a sign by others that God is real by the evidence of our lives.