God whispers, but doesn’t shout

God isn’t pushy.

When trying to win your heart, He whispers but doesn’t shout. He offers convicting evidence of who He is, but He won’t force Himself on you.

It’s interesting that some of Jesus’ contemporaries wanted Him to do something more . . . always something more.

Here’s one of those requests:

The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side (Mark 8:11-13).

Jesus had already done amazing things, of course, but the Pharisees wanted something different. But whatever Jesus did would never be enough, not for them. They didn’t want to believe.

Jesus probably meant something like this when He told the story of the rich man and Lazarus. In a place of suffering the rich man wanted Lazarus to return to earth to convince his brothers, thinking that someone coming from the grave would persuade them.

Abraham said, “If they won’t believe the word of God, a resurrection won’t convince them either.”

Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t do something spectacular to convince all the world’s skeptics that He exists?

Because that wouldn’t convince them either.

For those who want to believe, there’s overwhelming evidence. For those who don’t, there will never be enough.

We should ask God to help us be the kind of people whose faith helps us hear Him whisper more clearly and feel His gentle touch more often.

To those who believe, His signs are everywhere.

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