But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas…Matthew 12:39
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, strange and confusing are these times and some may even call it an adulterous generation. Of course we recognize that the Lord is speaking above concerning His Resurrection, which is the greatest event in History, next to His Incarnation and Ascension. What greater sign can we ask for?
What we once perceived to be correct has show itself to be wrong; what once were truths are revealed as falsehoods. Great is the consternation and confusion in the latter times. Many have placed their hopes in men. As the Psalmist has said, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses” (Psalm 19). We of course recognize this to mean placing our trust in civil authorities and powers.
But what of those who seek a righteous one. Many say that it is hard to interpret the events of these days. They say, “let us put our trust in this righteous one so that he may tell us what it is that we should do”. Have we been fooled so easily? Have we forgotten our Lord? Beloved, where have we placed our trust? Observe the words of the Psalmist:
Now have I known that the Lord hath saved His anointed one; He will hearken unto him out of His holy heaven; in mighty deeds is the salvation of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will call upon the name of the Lord our God. They have been fettered and have fallen, but we are risen and are set upright. O Lord, save the king, and hearken unto us in the day when we call upon Thee. (ibid)
Such beautiful words and worth repeating: “hearken unto us in the day when we call upon Thee”. In our litanies we beseech our Lord with the prayer “hearken unto the supplication of us sinners who pray unto Thee and have mercy on us”. We pray first to our Lord. We place our trust first in our Lord. We pray to the Saints, for they have boldness before our Lord to intercede for us. We put our trust in God, not in men.
God is unchanging, men fall victim to whims and the changing times. Our Lord is a firm foundation, a house build upon the rock. The wisdom of men is like the house which is built upon the sand. It is so easily built and pleasant on the eyes but how quickly it crumbles when the storms arise.
When we place our trust in men, we are being wise stewards of the talents bestowed to us from our Lord. When we place our trust in men, we do not try to multiply these talents, but rather bury them in the dirt. When we place our trust in men, we take the broad and easy path. Do we think that this will be our defense in that fearful day? What shall we say unto the Righteous Judge? The Lord has fashioned us in His image and likeness and has filled us with the breathe of His spirit. We are a rational flock. Each and everyone of us is accountable, regardless of where we place our trust. Placing our trust in men becomes the “easy solution for us”, so that we do not have to pray for guidance and struggle for direction. Truly the life of a Christian is one of constant struggle.
In our weakness we realize how greatly we need our Lord. In our struggles and sicknesses, we understand the need for our Lord’s help. These struggles bring us closer to God – if we allow it. This is the great gift! This is how our efforts produce great fruit! If we place our trust in men, we fool ourselves and lose our reward. If we seek after a sign, it is as if we have conditional faith. Nowhere do we find success in this conditional faith. Our Fathers Abraham gave up so much to seek after the Lord. It is no wonder our Lord likened heaven to a man searching in a field. We should be willing to go to all lengths, extend all effort, leave no stone unturned as we seek after our Lord. Then will we receive a sign. But this sign will not be the easy way but the narrow way. Not a way of prosperity but a way of struggles. Consider for a moment, when we are sick or ailing, great is our prayer to the Lord. When all is well, how quickly the fervency of our prayers cool. Perhaps our Lord allows us to taste of the bitterness of trials and travails so that we will put all of our trust in Him.
Yes, indeed we seek after a sign in these dark times, but there can be no greater sign than Truth. Our Lord is THE Truth, THE Way, and THE Life. What more can we ask?
I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. Daniel 4:2