“I believe it when I see it!”
How many times many of us said that in our daily lives? Some people say, “Seeing is believing.” Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, was just like many of us. He spent many days following Jesus, talked with Him, ate with Him, and ministered people with Him. But that was the exact words he said.
Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” – John 20:24-25 NIV
He said unless he can see Jesus with his eyes and touch Him with his hands, he won’t believe it. But that’s not what the bible says about faith. After he had close fellowship with Jesus, what did sweep him away to unbelief?
You might have said the same thing about one of your family members or close friends. “I’ll believe it when I see it!” You will say that phrase when you are disappointed, hopeless, and hurt so bad in people. You lost trust in that person.
Maybe, Thomas was disappointed that Jesus died in front of his eyes because He believed that He was the Son of God and shouldn’t die. Maybe, he trusted everything that Jesus taught him about the Kingdom, but He died and didn’t sit on the throne to rule the world. Thomas was hopeless. He needed to see Jesus with his eyes to revive his hope. But Jesus said to him,
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
So, how can you overcome your unbelief?
1. Ask God to help you
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24 NIV
God is not surprised by your unbelief. Ask God to strengthen your faith to believe. He is faithful.
2. Believe WHO God is
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:13-16 NIV
Instead of depending on what God can do for you, believe WHO He is. When you know who He is, it deepens your trust in Him.
3. Believing is not a feeling but a decision
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1 NIV
If you depend on your feeling to match to believe what God is doing in your life, you’ll probably never get to the point of believing what you don’t see. Don’t let your feeling stop you from experiencing what God has for your life.
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