The Wilderness and Divine Testing – Day 4


“As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” ~Luke 11:29

Quick fixes! Our culture and generation often looks for the fastest way to do things and the fastest ways to get to places. Life is 24/7/365…there’s always something happening, always something to watch on TV, endless activities to fill our lives with stuff, random empty stuff. The issue is we are never truly satisfied, we place band-aids on things that require additional and extensive attention. The scripture passage for today reminds us of Jonah’s story in Jonah 3:10
“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.”

The full passage of Luke tells us this,
“As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.”
Luke 11:29-32

Jesus calls us to REPENTANCE in both scripture passages, he didn’t use a “flashy” miracle in Jonah and He is not giving us one today, He wants our hearts, souls and minds to be transformed through our repentance and devotion to living a life pleasing to God.

Our transformation is not a single session of Sunday morning church, it’s taking the Sunday morning church message and living into throughout the week and sharing the Good News of Jesus every day. *Sunday morning church is not the message, some are unable to make that service due to work responsibilities and such, wherever you get your message from, (TV; internet; bible study…etc) it is in receiving that message that God calls us all to put into practice in our daily lives. We are called to practice our faith every day.

What is one way you can put the message you receive into your week?

I am so blessed to be able to talk freely about my faith and to speak the name of God with friends and coworkers. It is a natural flow in ones conversations when God is an active part of your life. God is an intrinsic part of me so I don’t try to exclude or include Him overtly into conversations because He’s a part of me, with God I am nothing and incomplete.

I learned this Breath Prayer today at bible study and wanted to share it with you:
Breath Prayer:
Jesus Christ son of God *inhale
Have mercy on my soul *exhale

~Blessings and Peace~