“You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants a magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic.” – Jefferson (Once Upon a Time)
Interesting thought, isn’t it? We all want a magical solution, some panacea, some sort of quick fix to all of our problems, yet, we refuse to believe in the magic that we want to save us.
We are all familiar with the phrase, “Seeing is believing”. We won’t believe something until we see that it is true. Whether it is Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster (Nessie, to her fans), magic, or God, we won’t believe it’s real until we see it.
That was the issue Thomas faced after the resurrection of Christ.
The Bible tells us that after Jesus was raised from the dead, He appeared to the remaining disciples, but Thomas was not there. When the disciples reported Jesus’ appearance to Thomas, he told them, “‘I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.'” (John 20:25).
Thomas would not believe a single thing about Jesus’ resurrection until he had seen Jesus for himself and even touched Him.
This is a common issue today. We want there to be some kind of power in control. We want there to be someone or something that can help us, that can fix our problems, or, at the very least, alleviate the pain. Yet, we refuse to believe that it actually exists.
It is time we stopped waiting to see in order to believe and instead start believing so that we may see.
First Believe, Then See
The author of the book of Hebrews says that it is impossible to please God without believing that He is, that is, that He exists (Hebrews 11:6). We need to believe that God exists, and a lot of time, that belief needs to come without any tangible proof.
I’m not saying that we need to suspend our intellectual faculties. I am saying that we need to actually start believing that He is who He says He is and we need to start believing that He exists. Only then will we see what we have been looking for.
When Jesus finally appeared to Thomas, Thomas was dumb-struck. He didn’t know what to believe! His only response was to worship Jesus as Lord and God.
Jesus’ response to this faith came with a blessing, namely that those who believe in Jesus without seeing Him are blessed (John 20:29).
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians that we live by believing, not by seeing (5:7). Some translations read that we walk by faith, not by sight.
Our faith defines our life and we see God because of our faith.
I strongly encourage anyone who is looking for God in this world to stop asking Him for a sign of His existence and instead just simply start believing that He exists.
Once this is done, you will truly see what you have been looking for. Seeing may be believing, but believing is definitely seeing.
Until next time, keep the faith.