Believing By Faith

“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” -John 20:29 (NIV)

How many times have we applied the old maxim, “seeing is believing”, when it comes to God and the way He works in the world? We are always expecting to see tangible evidence of Him positively intervening in our affairs. We tell ourselves that if only He would do this for us or that for us, we would be truly drawn to follow Him and become His children. But such a miracle-based faith in God is never lasting. The crowds who gathered to hear Jesus while He was on Earth, bore witness to the miracles He performed. They were amazed and astounded. Yet shortly after, the same people who claimed to believe in Christ had no qualms about putting Him to death. It is no wonder that Jesus says through parable in Luke 16:31, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”

If we base our faith solely on seeking out miracles and dwelling only on the good things God gives us, then our faith is like a sandcastle on a beach. Once the waves come crashing down on our lives, we angrily shake our fists towards Heaven. But who are we to demand that God should wait upon us? God is not a vending machine, nor a slave bound to do our every bidding. He is the Lord of the Universe! However, because He loves us and sees us with intrinsic worth, He will always seek to intervene for our benefit. But He will do so according to His perfect will and timing; not ours. By continuing to base our faith on the tangible, we not only begin to worship miracles and experience over God Himself, but we deprive ourselves of seeing the big picture God has for our lives. He will always act in our best interests because He is love. God sees what is in the deep recesses of our hearts. If we truly want to understand God and follow after Him, we must come before Him with an open heart and a sincere faith. In doing so, He will teach us to believe without sight by training us to rest in who He is; a loving and just God who will never abandon nor forsake us.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.