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Are you not supposed to ask God for a sign? Like is that a smack in the face to Him?
No...:o We are not supposed to tempt God, which is not always the intention when we ask for a sign.
2119 Tempting God consists in putting his goodness and almighty power to the test by word or deed. ...] The challenge contained in such tempting of God wounds the respect and trust we owe our Creator and Lord. It always harbors doubt about his love, his providence, and his power.
When the intention is to test God, we are going against the first commandment.
But when the intention is pure, then the asking for a sign is not sinful.
Was not Christ, our Lord and God, who told us:
Yet if he shall continue knocking, I say to you, although he will not rise and give him because he is his friend; yet, because of his importunity, he will rise, and give him as many as he needs. Therefore I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
[T]ruly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. ...] If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Ask, and you shall receive; that your joy may be full.
And was not Isaiah who said, full of the Spirit:
People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.
The intention here is what truly matters...for we must always bear in mind two important principles:
- "your Father knows what you need before you ask him"
- "seek first the kingdom of God and these things will be given in addition"
To test God is to question these two, as if God did not know what we need or did not listen, or as if we had some sort of "right" to receive signs and God was our servant. This is the prayer of those who said: "if he is Christ, let him come down the cross", or of Herod who wanted signs because he was Tetrarch of Galilee and Perea and Jesus (in theory a subject to his rule) was led in chains to him. How much different from the loving father whom, after the gentle reprimand of the Lord ("unless you see signs and wonders, you don't believe") simply and honestly replied: "Lord, come down before my son dies", as if echoing another loving father who said: "I do believe, Lord: help my unbelief". Or how much different from the beloved Thomas who, hurt deeply in his heart, said: "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe"....how much sadness must have populated that little one's heart, if the Lord in His loving kindness appeared to Thomas in His glory and told him: "Put in your finger here, and see my hands; and bring here your hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing.", granting to Thomas two most high honors: the first one, to acknowledge Him openly as God, the second one, to be the instrument for blessing those "who will not see, yet will believe" - which includes you and me.