Look for the Signs
Do you seek signs? Not your typical stop signs or billboards. Signs that you are either on the right track or slacking and need to try a bit harder. Signs that things are going to be okay in the long run. Signs that God is actively working in your life. We all seek signs, the tricky part is recognizing when they have been given to us, and actively keeping an attentive eye, looking for them. When it comes to living faithfully, it's important not to put God to the test, meaning not asking God to prove that He is present. This can be especially hard when challenges hit us, asking repeatedly for some relief (I'm sure many of us have reached out to ask for this pandemic to end for example), but that's the thing: God works in ways that we cannot ever hope to know or understand and we need to be trusting and hopeful, even during an actively changing pandemic. Do you trust God to be present at every moment, not asking for signs in return?
Today's reading states: "Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, 'Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.' But Ahaz said, 'I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.' And he said, 'Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman'u-el. Take counsel together, but it will come to nought; speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us" (Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10).
Today's reading talks about how we should not put God to the test, and how we are rewarded for our faith. It wouldn't be faith in the first place if things were clear cut and straightforward. We are meant to constantly be seeking God, standing firm against whichever challenges confront us at any given time. We need to take time each day to seek God's will and offer ourselves to Him, whether we get an answer right away, or years down the road. God is always on our side, whether you can see it now or not. Take some time today and offer yourself to God, being present in the moment and giving everything to our Lord who has given you everything that has been, is or will be.
Today we pray:
Thank You for always being so good, so wonderful and loving. I pray that You give me patience and help me to trust fully in Your will and timing. I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.