PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 8:11-13
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign?” (Mark 8:12)
Jesus is not offended by wounded, weary, needy people who struggle with doubt.
He knows some people struggle with faith, and may test Him to make sure.
But He sighs deeply and will not accommodate those who want to undermine Him.
The religious leaders tested Jesus to see Him fail; they were jealous and prideful.
Jesus refuses to play games with those who do not genuinely desire the truth.
As a Jesus follower, I can feel safe coming to Jesus with my questions and doubts.
Jesus does not sigh deeply or refuse our questions if they are sincere.
He may not always give us the ‘proof’ we ask for, but He will answer us somehow.
My motivation is not to disprove Jesus — I really want to believe!
In today’s reading I am encouraged to come sincerely and honestly to Jesus.
I am also reminded that not everyone WANTS to believe when they ask about Jesus.
I’ve been questioned by those who just want to prove God and Jesus are a scam.
Don’t argue or debate; show them the truth in your gracious actions…
And pray for the Spirit to soften their hearts to become sincere and honest.
Lord, there is nothing wrong with asking questions or having doubts, so long as they come from an open heart. Lord I believe, help me with my unbelief!