I somehow doubt this is what Janet Jackson was talking about in her 80s hit, but sometimes I catch myself asking this question to God in more subtle ways.
It doesn’t come as blatant as that- it sounds rude after all to have those expectations of God, but yet when a prayer we ask for does not get answered, we tend to question Him, sometimes to the point of whether God’s still up there, because a prayer wasn’t answered the way we hoped or asked.
I personally have prayed seen this. I’ve even come to the point of praying prayers with this gist – God please show me some sign or wonder so I know you are still there. And the truth is that I’ve had plenty of signs and wonders to awe in my life- from watching the Doctor and technician act in bewilderment when they saw a perfect little beating heart on the screen a week after they told us to schedule a DNC as my wife’s pregnancy was “Not viable” with no signs of life, to the Doctor telling my wife that mysteriously there was no trace of any injury or damage a month or so after my son suffered a traumatic brain injury that was to leave him permanently injured and out of school for at least another 6 months. So why should I need any other sign now to know God is alive and with me?
I know I’m not the only one- even when Jesus was walking the earth, performing miracles everywhere he went, there were people requiring signs and wonders. Just after Jesus fed thousands with just a few loaves and fish, there were Pharisees asking him to perform a sign. Jesus’ response?
He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” Mark 8:12
I can just imagine the frustration in that sigh! Would put any IT guy’s to shame, even when asked why a computer cup holder keeps retracting while holding their coffee 😉
As I read through the Bible, I often shake my head in judgement at the people who were so close to God’s presence, witnessing amazing works by Him and yet still failing to trust Him and His goodness. How many times did the Israelites quake as they left Egypt, complaining they were going to die and questioning how this could possibly be better than going back and returning to their lives in slavery? And this just after God brought plague after plague upon the Egyptians to convince them to let the Israelites go free!
“They did not remember his power and how he rescued them from their enemies. They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders..” Ps 78:42
But really, how am I any different? I have God close to me, seen amazing works, and here I am in essence still doubting. And in my own way, asking ‘yeah, You’ve done all of this and that in the past, but What have You done for me lately?’ It’s my prayer today that rather than focusing on what God hasn’t done for me lately, I will focus on all He has done for me already. And I challenge you to the same!
So each generation should set its hope anew on God,
not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Ps 78:7