Written by: Warren Wiersbe
A guest speaker at our church recently apologized for his tardiness by quipping, “My directions got a little turned around, and of course you know that only ‘an evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign.'” His good-natured abuse of Matthew 12:39 sent my mind wondering if there weren’t other verses that could be good for an obviously out-of-context chuckle. Imagine posting small signs all over the church building with verses like these: 1 Chronicles 11:9 in the janitor’s closet: “So David waxed greater and greater; for the Lord was with him.” Isaiah 55:2 in the kitchen or fellowship hall: “…eat ye that which is good and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” 1 Kings 18:27 on the pastor’s door when he’s out: “Cry aloud, …either he is talking or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awakened.” 1 Corinthians 15:51 on the door of the church nursery: “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” And finally, 2 Chronicles 18:7, dare I say it, on the front of the pulpit? “There is yet one man, by whom we may inquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil…” I guess these “out-of-context signs” could start to get out of hand. Maybe that guest speaker was right about what kind of people seek after a sign.
Written by Warren W. Wiersbe
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