John20:29 ——- Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
People often say: ‘If only we could see Jesus, it would make such a difference!’ If Jesus stood before us and showed us His hands and the wound in His side, if He actually let us touch Him, and we could speak to Him face to face, wouldn’t that help us believe? If we could actually see Jesus with us every day, we’d be 100-per- cent, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week Christians.
Or would we? Remember that John’s gospel tells us that He came to his own people, but they did not accept Him. Even His own brothers did not believe in Him. People heard His words and saw His miracles, but many went away. Peter and Judas walked with Him, ate with Him, prayed with Him, and Peter denied Him and Judas betrayed Him. People saw, they heard, they touched — and they crucified Him.
Jesus doesn’t criticize Thomas for wanting to see and touch. That’s a normal human desire. But Jesus praises those who are able to believe even when they can’t see.
To believe without seeing means “having faith that is very difficult to shake off”. It means that we know the meaning of trusting God. It means that we can believe even when we are in the dark and we see no light.
When we come face to face with what seems to be a dead end, we still believe that God is in control. When everything goes wrong and we are left feeling confused and uncertain, we believe God is with us. When we face death, when others are against us, when we feel desperately alone, we still believe.
We want something very much but we don’t get it. Our pain stays with us year after year, but we still believe God is there; we still praise Him for His love. Even though we can’t see, we believe!
To look for signs of Jesus’ presence is natural. To want to see and touch is a normal experience. But to have a faith that nothing can destroy we need to believe even when we can’t see. That means holding on to God’s Word, believing His promises, trusting the witness of the first Christians. Then Jesus’ words will apply to us: ‘How happy are those who believe without seeing me!’
GOD WOULDN’T HAVE ALLOWED IT UNLESS HE HAD A PURPOSE. DON’T JUST GO THROUGH IT, GROW THROUGH IT.