“And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.” Mark 8:12.
When Jesus was here on earth, He performed many miracles, people believed on Him for awhile, but they were always looking for something more. This grieved the Lord. When it came down to the end of His ministry, many of them forgot about all the miracles He had performed and consented to His death.
We read about the Israelites after the Lord had delivered them from Egypt. Think of all the miracles they experienced: deliverance at the Red Sea, water from the Rock, manna from heaven, and many more. In Leviticus 9:24, the people saw fire come from the Lord and consume the sacrifice on the altar, causing them to fall upon their faces. And yet whenever they faced a problem or some discomfort, they murmured and complained and wanted to return to Egypt.
I believe in miracles and have seen the Lord do some wonderful things that were beyond the comprehension of man. I’ve known of people who have received a miracle from the Lord, and yet failed to live for Him. It takes more than a miracle. There must be faith in the Lord, believing Him just because of who He is and the provision He made for our salvation. It takes love, determination and commitment to live for God even if we never experience miracles.
Prayer: Jesus, the greatest miracle you ever performed was when you died on the cross for our sins and rose again so that we might have life. Help us to serve you because we love you and not because of the blessings you bestow upon us.
Devotion by Anne Johnston