Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'"
Recently, a poster makes its viral way around Facebook, picked up and shared by countless members.
It reads: Man says, "Show me, and I'll trust you." God says, "Trust me, and I'll show you."
Isn't that the most simple, yet absolute, truth?
As much as we hate to admit it, there are times we put God to the test. We want a sign from Him. A guarantee.
Or, worse, we bargain with Him. Lord, if you'll just do _____________, I promise to ______________. (You fill in the blanks.)
Instead of going to Him humbly and thankfully in prayer, trusting Him first and foremost.
Not as the disciple, Thomas, who had to see to believe. Had to place his finger in the wounds of the risen Christ before declaring, "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28)
Or, like the Pharisees and Sadduces who demand that Jesus give them a sign. Show proof of who He is. Who He thinks He is.
Jesus, never one to mince words, puts them promptly in their place: "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign!" (Matthew 12:39)
And, in today's Gospel, the Lord reminds us that to put God to the test shows pride, not humility. Our will, not His will.
That's not how it works.
For what seems right to man is of this world.
As Christians, we may live in the world. But, we are not of it.
And, we are called to place all our trust in God.
Are you trusting in the Lord with all your heart?
Will you pray with me?
We come before You today, Father, with contrite and humble hearts. Please forgive us the times we put our wills before Yours; the time we put You to the test. May we place all our faith and trust in You and Your will for our lives. Amen.
Psalms 37:1-18 or 37:19-40