Searching for Signs

Read Through the Bible in 2 years: Psalm 4; Proverbs 1:10; John 6:1-26

"When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, "This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!" ... Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves."
John 6:14, 26 ESV

Earlier in the book of John we read that Philip told Nathanael, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (John 1:45) and Jesus himself said, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.” (John 5:46)

Additionally, Jesus had done many miraculous signs – turning water into wine, healing the sick and lame, feeding thousands with a few fish and loaves of bread – proving again that He was the Messiah and Emmanuel, God with us. Yet, the people were still drawn to follow Him not because He was the way, the truth, and the life, but because of the wonderful gifts that He gave.

It reminds me of the other passages I read today – Psalm 4:7, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound” and Proverbs 1:10, “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” Am I chasing having a full belly and lots of friends, and leaving Jesus in the trail of dust behind me?

Let’s pray together.

Lord Jesus,

I want to come to You because You are the Messiah, the Savior, the true and living God. You are the Creator and Sustainer of life. You have caused all things to exist by Your will. It is Your breath of life that fills my lungs. You are on Your throne, whether I believe You or follow You … or not.

Help me to turn away from sin and turn towards You. Forgive me for all those times that I’ve let sinners entice me. Forgive me for all those times I’ve gone my own way.

Help me to share this good news with others. Help me to WANT everyone to know the joy and peace and freedom that I’ve found in You.

Amen.


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