As part of our human experience, we have learned to look for signs to validate our thoughts, dreams and beliefs. Signs help us to understand we are headed in the right direction or down an available path. For instance, when a man is trying to see if a young lady is interested in him, he makes a move and waits for a sign from her to indicate his advances are welcomed. Leaders will often look for signs from those they lead indicating they are ready to take on more responsibilities. Even when we are traveling to places we don't often frequent, we look for familiar signs or scenery to indicate we are going the right way. In social situations, signs are also a plus. We all have signs or cues we look for when we walk in to new or unfamiliar social situations that indicate we are indeed welcome.
It seems reasonable to seek a sign. They can help lead, direct and/or confirm things for you. Yet Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and teachers of the Law for seeking a sign from Him. He took a different approach when the crowd following Him asked for a sign. Instead of rebuking them, Jesus converted it into a teaching moment. What could have possibly made Jesus respond differently to similar inquiries? The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law were asking with a heart to discredit and undermine Jesus' purposes in the earth. Their questioning reflected the hardness of their hearts. The crowd following Him, on the other hand, were hungry for truth. They had already enjoyed many miracles including the multiplying of the bread and loaves. Jesus was able to the speak into their hunger and produce a greater hunger for God.
32Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 3For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:32-35(NKJV)
How many times have you hungered to see a sign from God to validate a decision you are making or as a blessing or confirmation on something you are doing? Many have put out "fleeces" like Gideon did to try and guarantee they are hearing God correctly. We all will have times of insecurity as we pursue the deeper things of the Lord. Out of those insecurities, we will seek a sign from God to know He is with us. Many times we feel or sense His presence. Other times we see, read or hear something that soothes are spirits. Those times are validating and precious to us, but are not really needed. What we need to do is eat some fresh baked Bread of the Lord.
We are complete in Christ. We are led by the Spirit of God and we have the Word of God. Like God's love, His word Never fails. When we begin to eat the Bread of Life (the word of God and remember Jesus is the Word), we are comforted and reminded of where to place our faith.
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11(NKJV)
The Word of God is infallible. It is always fresh, hot, relevant and nourishing. It is where we place our trust. If the Lord said it, that settles it. His promise to us is that He will never leave us or forsake us. Emmanuel is always with us. That is our sign - His faithfulness to watch over His word and perform it.
Enjoy His Fresh Hot Bread!