The Pharisees came and began to argue with him (Jesus), asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, ‘Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.’ And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side. (Mark 8:11-13)
‘A sign’, they ask him. ‘Give us a sign, show us your credentials’. But why should he? They are not there, wanting to understand, wanting to get closer to God by knowing Jesus. They are there to test him, to see if they can catch him out. So, he just sighs deeply and sails away.
We often approach God in the same way. If you don’t do X, or makes Y better, then I don’t know if I can carry on believing. But why should he, just because we say so? Do we have the bigger picture? Are we holding God, the Almighty, to ransom? They, and we, are lacking in trust. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your might and be not wise in your own sight’. (Proverbs 3:5). It is good to trust.