“Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son” (1 John 5:10).
How often do we as Christians, call God a liar, by our own doubting.
I know for me personally, my faith used to consist of “Yes, Lord…I believe…but, could You just show me somehow? Someway?” verses a confident rest in His word and His character.
“In spite of tears and pain and death we believe that the God who made us all is infinitely wise and good. As Abraham staggered not at the promises of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving the glory to God, and was fully persuaded that what He had promised He was able to perform, so do we base our hope in God alone and hope against hope till the day breaks. We rest in what God is. I believe that this alone is true faith. Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith” (Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, 95).
Why do we so often ask to see, feel, touch, and taste what is so very real that we see, feel, touch, and taste every day in ways beyond words? We long for an emotional experience based on our own conditions when reality is really better than anything we could ever imagine.
In the past, I used to think I had to “feel” God’s presence and that was when He was truly with me, verses believing the truth that “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
God doesn’t give us a list of things to do, and then pat us on the back and say “Well, good luck and on with you, child!” as He waves while we walk on glancing back at Him apprehensively as we head into the unknown.
Rather, He gently promises that “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). He says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you” (Isaiah 43:2).
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6)
Impossible to please Him. Because we can’t even serve God if we don’t believe the Gospel, don’t believe He exists, don’t believe that He is holy, we are sinners in need of redemption, Christ died and was raised, and we. have. been. given. grace.
Real faith knows we can hold fast to the “confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:3-5).
How are we being guarded by God’s power? Through faith. For it is the one who confesses with His mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in His heart that God raised Him from the dead that shall be saved (Romans 10:9). By faith we claim His promises as true. Otherwise, we are calling God a liar.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Hebrews 11:1-3).
In Hebrews 11, those mighty saints lived as they did by faith.
It was a quiet night and the lighting was dim and the slabs of wood around us let in the cold. And yet somehow those college students on metal folding chairs seemed to be grasping the truth of Hebrews 11—the faith of those who had gone before.
“By faith…through his faith…By faith…By faith…by faith….By faith…By faith…By faith…in faith…By faith…By faith…By faith…By faith…By faith…By faith…[Moses] considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible…” (Hebrews 11:4-28).
He endured by his faith as though seeing Him who is invisible. Faith in Jehovah gave Moses confidence to move forward as though He saw Jehovah.
“By faith…By faith…By faith…By faith….And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth” (Hebrews 11:28-38).
God asks nothing of us except that we believe in Him and for some reason, that seems to be the hardest thing for us to do.
Sisters, it’s just like when we feel a gust of wind and our hair dances or when you place your hand in front of your blow drier and it the gust leaves indents in your skin. The we cannot see it, the air is real. It’s very real.
How often do we rely on sight as a proof of something’s existence, and why? What makes us think that seeing is believing?
Because perhaps, believing is seeing.
I am reminded of the old hymn lyrics:
“‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take him at his word;
Just to rest upon his promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:6-9).
Oh, how sweet the name of Jesus is in a believer’s ear! How blessed we are in all that we have through faith! “Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2).
How precious is Christ. How precious are His promises. How great is our God.
Oh! May it be said that we were those who believed.