We finally made it back home! I was able to get a nice, smooth 5k in when I woke up this morning in Troy, IL. I ran 3.26 miles in 25 minutes and 2 seconds, which was an average pace of 7:40 per mile. After the morning run, we were on the road and heading for home!
I was able to get my Bible reading done in the car while Jodi drove for a bit. The main point that stuck out to me today revolved around the miracles of Jesus. I especially love this portion from Matthew 12.
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. (Matthew 12:38-42, ESV)
I have met so many self-proclaiming “Christians” who do not believe in the story of Jonah. In fact, they don’t believe in many of the miracles of the Old Testament (and many from the New, as well). I don’t understand that. Jesus Himself uses the story of Jonah as an example of what will happen. He uses the story as fact, as if it actually happened. I believe this is because it did happen!
Jesus really was a miracle worker. Jesus is God. God is a miracle worker.
I find it fascinating that the scribes and Pharisees wanted to see a sign from Jesus. Weren’t they paying attention?! He was doing miracles and giving signs just about everywhere he went! How did they miss them?!
Truthfully, I believe that God is still doing miracles and giving signs just about everywhere. How do we miss them?!
I am convinced that, although God is working miracles every day, only those who are willing to see it will be able to see it. Those who stubbornly refuse to believe in Jesus, like the scribes and Pharisees, will not see or acknowledge the work of God in their every day lives.
Of course, we can be actively praying that God would change their hearts and open their eyes.
Let those who have ears hear. Let those who have eyes see.
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