One of the most intriguing characters of the Bible is a disciple by the name of Thomas. As long as earth exists and time continues, he will forever be referred to as “doubting Thomas.” He was a very pragmatic person. If he could not see it, he was not going to believe it. In loving and tender fashion, Jesus accommodated Thomas. He said, “Thomas, reach here your finger, and see My hands; reach here your hand and put it into My side…” When proof was evident that could be seen and touched, then Thomas believed and exclaimed, “My Lord and My God.”
Thomas had faith. But it was a faith that needed developing and maturing. As long as faith rests on the senses, it will always be a weak and faltering faith.
To manifest observable faith in our daily Christian experience is not easy. And yet we put our faith in an unseen God for forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. Peter said, “…And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory…” 1 Peter 1:8.
Ours is a walk of faith. We don’t see the Lord Jesus. But He is real. In fact, there are times when He is more real to us than those people and objects we can see. Haven’t you experienced that?
Seeing may be believing. But it is believing without seeing that receives God’s approval. Jesus said so. “Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
My prayer for us as individuals and as a church family is that our faith might be strengthened and come to a deeper maturity.