Bread – Signs

December 18, 2013

Readings for Wednesday, December 18, 2013, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Isa. 9:8-17; 2 Pet. 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8; Psalms 49,53,119:49-72


Signs are an important part of life. They tell us about danger and warn us away, to slow down, to stop, to look around, to change lanes carefully, to be careful of radioactive waste, to avoid rocks crashing down off of a mountain. Some signs are serious and some not so. I one time saw a road sign warning us to watch out for a spaceship lifting cows into space. The real sign of course was to be careful of animals crossing the road, but a creative sign modifier had worked their magic to make the sign appear to be about something else.

Signs also tell us where to go, which exit to take, whether to turn right or left or go north or south.

Sometimes signs even tell others who we are. A business card is a type of sign.

Signs are important.

So, if we know this, how come we like to ignore the signs which God sends us. In Isaiah today, God warns us that he sends signs to us and gets upset when we ignore them and Him. In 2 Peter today, the apostle talks about false prophets, preachers, teachers, and leaders, but points to Bible signs showing God “knows how to rescue the godly from trials…” 2 Pet. 2:9. In Mark today, the appearance of John the Baptist, a voice of one speaking in the wilderness, is a sign of Jesus, Messiah, to come.

What signs are we paying attention to now? Is the signs of the season pointing to the birth of our Savior, or is it the signs of the season pointing to the largest sales of stuff?

In the clutter of noise and visual stimulation which surround us, which signs we are paying attention to is often a measure of where we are going. If we are going to a mall to go shopping, we pay attention to the traffic signs telling us what exit to take. If we are already in the store, we are watching for signs telling us what department we are in and where the sales are.

Are you tired of these signs? Then change where you are going. If you want more time to see the signs pointing to Jesus and to His birth, then change your direction toward Him and His birth and away from the world’s version of it.

Merry Christmas.


© 2013 GBF


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