Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Perhaps Today

The Pharisees came out and 
started an argument with Jesus. 
They wanted to prove His authority
by asking for a miraculous sign from heaven. 
Jesus groaned and said, 
“Why are you always looking for a sign? 
I can promise you that 
you will not be given one!” 
Mark 8

Jesus had just cast out a demon, healed a deaf man,
and fed 4000 with a couple of fishes and loaves.
But when the Pharisees asked for a sign, 
Jesus told them they would not be given one.
Obviously He was performing miracles.
But the Pharisees were looking for a miracle
so that they could prove Jesus' authority.
Jesus said that "they wouldn't be given one."
He then quoted Isaiah:
"These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from Me.
Their worship is a farce." 

The disciples, on the other hand, didn't understand 
much of what Jesus was doing.
He rebuked them in the boat for not getting 
the whole fishes and loaves thing.
But He kept the miracles coming for them.
When He asked them who they thought He was, 
Peter replied that He was the Messiah.
They weren't testing Him;
they were just trying to understand.
And because their hearts were with Him,
Jesus kept trying to help them.
And it is still true today.
If our hearts are far from Him
we will never see the miracles all around.
But if our hearts are right, 
He is always trying to help us see.
I am certain that Jesus has asked me many times over:
Don’t you understand yet? (Mark 8:21)
But He never leaves me or gives up on me.
I want to never doubt when He asks me,
Who do you say I am?
You are Christ, the Messiah, my Savior, 
and daily I am in need of You.
Perhaps today, by grace, You won't have to ask me
why I don't understand yet.
Perhaps today, by grace, I will have revelation 
of what You are showing me.
Perhaps today, by grace, my heart will be
drawn closer to You.
And perhaps today, by grace, You will say,
I think she understood just a little 
the wondrous things I had for her to see.
I so desire to see You more clearly.
Perhaps today...

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