All I want is an indication that I am going in the right direction! Sometimes it’ll be like, I just want a sign from God that tells me which way to go, or if I should take that job or if I should stay in this place? Why won’t God give me a sign?!
When I’m asked these kind of questions and have thought them myself, I have often wondered, when I was being honest with myself, what exactly is it that I expect God to do? Should I start looking for a neon blinking sign in the sky that points in a certain direction or letters in the sky that say, G-O-H-E-R-E?
This looking for a sign in our lives comes at us especially when we are under times of intense pressure and stress. Like when we lose someone we love we want a sign that they are doing okay Or does he love me, or will I survive this illness, or what will happen next in my life?
When we are so desperate to find that sign, that assurance of what will happen next we will look for that sign to appear, anywhere. It is always a sore temptation for many to find the sign they are looking for in the occult, whether it be in tea leaves, fortune tellers, ouija boards, tarot cards, astrology and the like. But the question and problem with any sign that comes from that department is where is the sign coming from? Is it coming from a lady whose just trying to take advantage of a person in a rough spot and/or is it coming from something spiritual but not beneficial to you, that would rather redirect your hope towards powers that would rather take all you have and leave you empty in body and soul. Can those voices, those signs be trusted?
Sometimes we’ll look for the answers in those signs when a bird flies it means something or a particular song plays on the radio or someone says something peculiar and we take these as signs or confirmations of something we are looking for. But so often, what we find in these signs is what we want to see and hear, confirmation of our own desires.
Why won’t God give me a sign?! It goes back to the question, what exactly is it that I expect God to do? Neon lights in the sky would be nice but notice that we don’t usually ask God for a sign when it’s something we want to do that we already know what God would say about it. We never ask “God, please give me a sign if you want me to cuss out my coworkers and write all sorts of bad stuff about them on the internet?” Or “God give me a sign if you want me to spend my life savings on this lottery ticket?” We don’t ask God for a sign about those kinds of questions because we know that God has already given to us a sign and some very clear direction.
A sign like- Jesus said,
“But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell,” or “…what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”
There is actually a whole book filled with all of those signs from God, we call it the Bible.
Like the sign from God that we see today in Jesus when He raised the widow’s son from the dead in Luke 7:12-15.
As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
The miracles that Jesus shared with our world were not done just randomly or out of the blue, but each and every miracle had multiple layers of meaning to them, like a sign showing God’s mercy to a broken and hurting world, a sign showing that this Jesus is the one who conquers death and a sign confirming who Jesus is as the true son of God and that we can rely upon what He says is true for us for eternity. (You can’t get the person reading a crystal ball to have that kind of confirmation for their fortune telling, can you?)
God continued to show sign after sign in Jesus. Every sermon was a sign pointing which way to live and how to live. Every miracle was a sign that God is alive and active within our world. When Jesus stretched his arms upon a cross that was a sign printed in big bold letters for you to see pointing the way to go. This is where you take all of your hurt, all of your guilt, all of your pain, all of your need, go this way, go to the cross of Jesus. If you want a clear sign from heaven, God raised Jesus from the dead in an eternal body that is promised to us in faith. That is so much better than a neon sign blinking in the distance, When I’m looking for a sign I don’t think I would ever have thought to ask for that one, but that is how far God goes to open heaven’s salvation and guidance for you in this life.
Why won’t God give me a sign. God has, often and abundantly, sign after sign after sign. They are simply not always the signs we were looking for, but are the signs we were looking for better than what God has given us? No, they are not, God’s signs in Jesus point us always in the right direction in how to live in this life, they always point us to where our security, identity and hope are always found, they always point us to the way home.