You want to believe, but have trouble? Remember doubting Thomas and what Jesus told him after he had placed his hand in Jesus’ wound? “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me” (John 20:27-29, NLT).
Can you believe in Him without seeing? Can you believe His promises without seeing—can you believe without feeling—can you believe because you trust what His Word imparts? That is faith. “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1, NLT). Faith makes no sense to the mind that constantly seeks for earthly proof that is seen or felt. But to one who trusts in God’s truth and purpose, faith is its own perfect reality springing from constantly renewed hope. And faith is spiritual evidence. It is proof of what is real, but cannot be seen. It is proof of His reality that He has promised. It cannot be denied, because His grace has already accomplished spiritual proof.
“Then Jesus said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe’” (John 20:27b, NLT)! Look, Thomas, touch my wound, and believe. Don’t be without faith for one more minute. If you have to see and feel to believe, then touch my side, but blessed are those who believe without seeing or feeling.
“Don’t be without faith any longer,” the Lord beckons each one of us. “Believe in my grace—the gift of my life, and what it accomplished on Calvary. Believe, because I have risen.” Just as Thomas, if you have trouble believing, touch the wound in His side, and allow whatever “proof” you need to inspire you. Allow that wound to inspire your own journey of greater faith. Next time believe without touching, seeing, or feeling. With all joy you will exclaim just as Thomas, “’my Lord and my God” (John 20:28, NLT)! And blessed you shall be for you shall have believed without seeing or feeling! You shall have believed because all the proof you needed was given when the debt of your sin was paid by a Savior who had none of His own.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher