by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.'” (John 20:29, NLT)
This week we are looking at ways to seek God and deepen our belief. Yesterday’s daily water impressed the importance of a daily devotion time. Today we are looking at something that probably strikes us all at various times in our lives, and specifically for those who think more logically and analytically.
The context for today’s verse is the encounter that (Doubting) Thomas had with the Resurrected Jesus. The moniker of doubter ascribed to Thomas is probably unfair. Would you be any different? He saw Jesus tortured, crucified, dead, and laid in a tomb. The news that Jesus was alive was too much for Thomas to believe, even though Jesus taught regularly about what was to happen. Remember, Thomas was in grief. He was disappointed and dismayed at what happened to Jesus; so when Thomas heard that Jesus was alive, he said he wouldn’t believe it unless he could see and feel Jesus in the flesh. Jesus gave him that opportunity, and knew Thomas felt blessed by it. Jesus went on to say that those who can believe without being afforded the opportunity to see and feel the Risen Lord are blessed.
Maybe you are like Thomas, unable to believe it until you can see it. I remember struggling with that some when I was a teen. My dad told me something I’ll never forget; he said, “Son, you are saying to God, ‘show me and I’ll believe,’ while God is saying, ‘believe me and I’ll show you.'” That exchange set me on a journey of hope, trust, and faith to believe in God, and look for the places where he is at work. Even recently, I found myself in a time of turmoil asking God, “Where are you in this?” I didn’t ask from a place of exasperation, but expectation, knowing that if I approached God in faith, I would be better able to see where the Lord was working. And I did. I could see God showing up and showing out for me in some extraordinary ways.
Are you looking for proof of God before you will trust him? Give the inverse a shot…trust God and then look to see where he is at work. Jesus himself said that those who believe without seeing are blessed, and he wants to shower blessings upon you. Utilize your personal devotion time from your cynicism fast to help you get into the right frame of mind to seek God by moving from looking for proof to trusting God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me, even when I find it hard to believe. Forgive me my unbelief, and help me trust you first so I can see you already at work I need my life. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.