Sightless

doubtIf God was small enough to be understood, He wouldn’t be big enough to handle your sin.

The Bible says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1). It sounds weird, but you can only be certain by faith. You can stay seated on the edge, or you can fall into God and be certain. The Word says that no one can come to God unless the Spirit of God draws him or her. The tug that people feel inside, in the middle of all the unanswered questions, is the Spirit’s drawing. It is the Holy Spirit (think instructor or dive coach) that invites people into that relationship—not the reasoning alone.

Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed.” (John 20:29). John 20 also gives us four instances of those who had to see before they could believe. First, it mentions John who comes to faith not by seeing Jesus himself but by seeing the empty burial wrappings. Second, Mary Magdalene sees Jesus but does not recognize and confess Him as Lord until He calls her name. Third, the disciples see Jesus before believing it is really Him. Fourth is Thomas; he also sees Jesus and then believes, but only after insisting on a sign.

When Jesus left the earth and went to the Father in heaven, He left a new kind of faith: a belief without having physical, visible “in the flesh” encounters with the resurrected Christ. He tells us about another kind of faith: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). So we must cease being so cerebral. Sure, we must be reasonable and approach faith intellectually, but we cannot neglect the beautiful mystery. It is a wonderful complexity. One of the most conflicting yet profound statements in Scripture is: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).

Across Germany at the end of World War II, Allied forces searched farms and houses looking for snipers. Allegedly, at one abandoned house, searchers with flashlights found their way to the basement. There, on the crumbling wall, a victim of the Holocaust had scratched a Star of David. Beneath it, in rough lettering, was scrawled: “I believe in the sun—even when it does not shine; I believe in love—even when it is not shown; I believe in God—even when He does not speak.”

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