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Friday, November 2, 2018

Get Off the Pot

November 2

(Matthew 16:1-4 NIV) “The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. {2} He replied, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' {3} and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. {4} A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah." Jesus then left them and went away.”

(James 1:22-25 NIV) “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. {23} Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror {24} and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. {25} But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.”

When we question and demand answers, God will usually respond in a gracious way. But sometimes His answer is, “Get off the pot and get busy.” Don’t miss the fact that “pot” can have more than one meaning in today’s culture. When we finally get around to doing what God wants, it’s often the same thing he told us to do years before, but we wasted a significant part of our life waiting on “confirmation” through a sign. In the church today, we have leaders who won’t lead, followers who won’t follow, workers who won’t work, and missionaries who won’t go… all because they’re waiting for some kind of sign. We have discovered that if we ask for enough signs, we can eventually get the answer we really want. It’s amazing what we can find when we look intently for reasons not to obey. So ask yourself this when looking for a sign: Am I looking for a way, or am I looking for a way out. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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