What if you woke up one day to find that your church was totally wrong on a major issue? What would you do? Would you vigorously defend the old ways, closed minded and stubborn, ignoring perhaps even the obvious? Would you explore the deeper truth with an open mind and willingness to change? Would you change willingly and quickly or slowly and begrudgingly? Would you demand more evidence than is required?
In Matthew 16:1-4 Jesus was confronted by a coalition of religious leaders. They tested him asking for miraculous evidence of his Messiahship, a sign from heaven. Jesus' reply was terse and dismissive. He simply reminded them of their own intelligence, how smart they were at predicting weather signs, and yet could not even see the signs that these were momentous times, times of decision.
So what is the difference? Why were these highly intelligent people unable to see the obvious? People are often more interested in defending their religious traditions than what God wants. Yet, Christianity is a growth process. We need to change from milk to meat and ever deeper maturity. So, what about our Christianity? Is our faith stuck in an rut, or are we open to deeper revelations of God in our lives? Can we discern the signs of God in these times?