Thursday, October 26, 2023

Jesus’ Weather Forecast

By Bill Brandstatter
    There have been a lot of weather forecasts that we probably didn't like.. What would you think if Jesus was the weather forecaster? He, after all, can control the winds and the sea. He knows all. He is the one who created all things. There is an old statement, “Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor's warning.” Jesus would likely concur with that statement based on what He told the Pharisees in Matt. 16:3-10.
    In this passage, the Jews want a sign from heaven. I don't know what exactly they were expecting. Jesus tells them that they were able to determine weather patterns, but they can't determine who He is. Are we like this today, do we look for some special sign from heaven? Some folks today have certain events happen in their lives and will state, “It is a sign.”
    Do we want a sign from heaven about what we should be doing in our lives? We already have all things we need for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). The information we need is in the book God has given. God speaks to us today by His son (Heb. 1:1, 2). Special signs and miracles were given in the New Testament times to produce belief and confirm the spoken word. (John 20:30, 31; Mrk. 16:20).
    We have the word today. We are no longer in need of special signs.
     Do we want a sign from heaven that God hears us? Some might want some special sign as proof that God answers prayer. The Bible tells us that his ears are open to the prayers of the righteous (1 Pet. 3:12). The answer to prayer comes at God's choosing, not ours. Sometimes his answer is yes. Sometimes he answers NO. When Paul prayed that God would remove his thorn in the flesh, God's answer was “my grace is sufficient” (2 Cor 12:9). Sometimes God answers “wait a while.” But God will answer the prayers of His children according to His will (1 John 5:14).

Bill Brandstatter preaches for the Marion Church of Christ in Marion, IL. He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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