Looking for a sign

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  1. amen_corner

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    I had a rather interesting conversation with some friends over dinner the other night. They are house hunting, and in the course of discussing this issue, they said that they were praying that God would give them a sign if a certain house was the one for them. I've heard this often, and even talked with a man who was putting out a fleece concerning a decision that he was faced with.

    How would you have responded? With agreement that we should seek a sign, or disagreement?
     
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    Disagree.

    It is too easy to jump at anything as a "sign." Besides, Satan can easily toss out something that could interpreted as a "sign" from God. Sounds like something he would do, too.

    It is best to pray about the matter, look into it to see if buying the house would violate their Christian life (overextend their budget, buying it to show off, etc.), and wait on God. He will settle the matter in the hearts of both husband AND wife. There will be no doubt. If there is, they have their answer.

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
  3. David Mark

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    I like Trotter's reply.

    IMhO, prayer should produce enough confidence that a sign is not a priority.

    A sign may come anyway, but the faithful should seek them as a source of strength. Even if a sign comes, it is more than likely going to be subtle enough to attribute it to coincidence and not give thanks to God. If I started out seeking a sign, and a sign did come, I'm probably too weak in my faith to give thanks to God for it.


    Dave.
     
  4. Deacon

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    If I'm convinced that a particular course of action is the path God wants me to take, I look for "open doors". If I'm wrong about God's will in the matter, then He can close a door and lead me a different direction.

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  5. Karen

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    I doubt that I QUITE agree with that! ;)
    Looking back now, I have feelings of doubt now about some actions I took long ago. I had no doubt about them at the time. Some people are naturally more confident than others. But I find it easy to question everything. And many decisions we have made (correct ones, I believe now) were not completely clear-cut at the time.

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