How easy it is for my toddlers to believe all the things I promise to get them. Sometimes I really intend to get it for them, and I do. Other times I only say it to appease their tantrums, yet they still believe it. If you have kids, especially younger ones like mine, I am sure you can attest to their innocent gullibility. Although it’s beautiful, other times, it’s scary that they believe these things.
John 20.29b says, “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” That my boys, while not seeing any of the promises I make to them, believe I would keep them, are blessed simply because they are ignorant of my genuine intentions—whether I will buy them those items or not.
Unlike me, however, we can trust God’s promises. That they are not just written in the Bible to make us “feel good” or appease our consciences. We may never fully understand how “high or deep or wide” God’s love is for us. So much so that He sent His only son to die a painful shameful death to reconcile us to Himself.
When Jesus rose from the dead, I am thankful that Thomas doubted and enabled Jesus to make this profound statement about the Christian faith. John 20.24 “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
We have many reasons, especially as grown adults, to doubt the power of God through Jesus Christ in our personal lives. We are rational human beings who naturally want to understand everything. But may I tell you that the Christian walk is far from rational. It is so supernatural, understood more with our hearts than the mind. It starts with all our hearts. With the rational mind alone, we may never experience a true relationship with the Lord.
Could that be why Hebrews 11.1 tells us, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”?
I am here to encourage you to BELIEVE AGAIN:
- Believe that your sins have been forgiven you and Christ truly has become the Lord of your life after confessing your sins and surrendering your life to him
- Believe the promises of God for your life through His word. Take intentional measures to always search out the promises of God in His Word, the Bible.
- Believe in the power you have as a believer. Not only to trample over scorpions and snakes but to know that He truly hears you when you spend time in prayer with Him.
- Believe in the overwhelming love of God, that your hairs are all numbered. That He makes all things work together for your good even when the enemy seems to win
- Believe that there is eternity, and someday, this world will no longer exist. Will you spend eternity in Heaven or Hell?
All Abraham did was believe, and it was accounted to him as righteousness. He did not see even a wind of all God promised him then, yet he believed.
Will you believe again?