Blessed Are They That Believe
In our humanness, we have a need to see in order to believe.
Jesus says blessed are they that have not seen and yet believe.
We tend to give Thomas a hard time, but let's get real.... he was the one being honest. Notice that Jesus had mercy on Thomas and gave Him what He needed to see. Most of us are on the same level. We want to see. We seek signs. We seek proof.
And God has mercy on us and meets us at the level we are on. But, oh how much more could we be blessed if our faith were greater?
How often do we ask God for a sign or wait to see something from Him in order to move forward in obedience? God already gave us His Word. He formed us in our mother's womb (Psalm 139:13). He is responsible for keeping the earth in orbit and every breath we take. What more do we need to see?
John experienced Jesus personally. He was the only writer of the gospel accounts that was at the cross when Jesus was crucified. John was among one of the first called by Jesus. Can we stretch our faith enough to believe his account? To have faith that what the gospels say is true?
Immersing ourselves in God's Word helps bolster our faith. We begin to believe and then we see.
Through our faith, we are blessed with a living hope.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:3-5
May God keep us in faith that we may believe before we see and be blessed with what is to come.
Am I living in God's order of belief first?
So often I am like Thomas, wanting to see. But just like I cannot see the wind, but know that it is there by the evidence it leaves in its path, I see the evidence of You in my life. Have mercy on me and help me increase my faith as I walk with You. Train me to believe before I see.
Help me to be forever faithful even when I cannot see because Your Word is the voice of truth.
In Jesus Name, Amen.