Do we have to see God to Trust
A couple of nights ago, while talking with a friend, she said to me, “I have prayed for Jesus to show himself to me in a dream.” At first, I nodded my head in agreement with her, thinking that would be awesome if God would actually show up in a dream. I know that God visits with each of us differently; I am confident that there are many people that God has revealed himself to them in dreams, and other ways. God in his goodness know what we need, so I do not mock anyone, their visions, or hopes.
However, the Holy Spirit revealed to me two things that I might want to consider before I asked God to show himself to me in a dream; and frankly both of them convinced me that I would rather have faith and believe in him whether I can see him or not. I am pretty sure there are more in the bible but two are enough for me.
John 20:27-29 (KJV) “Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
The Holy Spirit helped me to understand that faith in Jesus, what he has done for me, Gods great love, and his mercy is much more precious, than God appearing to me. Without faith in him, I cannot please him. It is faith that moves mountains, and it is my faith that helps manifest God’s power into my life.
In all honesty, some people will never believe; even the bible lets us know that. People saw Jesus every day, lived in his life, and saw all of his miracles, they still did not believe. Like now, I have seen people get medical healing, even myself; get great financial miracles, even myself; and others given another chance at life, full of hope again, even myself. However, still, there are others around me that call me crazy.
Faith is a tough thing to have. I ask myself, if this is so important to God, then why is so hard sometimes? I only need to look around me to answer that question. The principles of the earthly world does not allow for faith. They fight me, and I sure you too, every chance they get. People close to me call me ignorant for believing in the God nonsense; many people around me are selfish and do not care about who they hurt as long as they please their own selves, not caring if there is a God or not. Moreover, those of us who love Jesus are sometimes blind to the lies of sickness, depression, hate, poverty, racism, etc.; why would we want to serve a God that lets such things happen in his people.
Like so many, I let doubt and unbelief creep in. For years, I allowed my world to control my faith. They said God would not help and called me stupid, I believed them; I would turn away from God and try to do it myself. I was smart and if I followed the manual of life like everyone said, it would work. I had no ability to trust him because I could not see him moving in my life, touch any of his promises, and nothing I heard around me reinforced my beliefs in his goodness.
Thank God, the Holy Spirit showed me how real he (God) is, and how the world’s deception kept me blind for so many years, keeping me trapped continuously climbing but never reaching the top. My top is just contentment with myself and others around me.
God promised us good things that believe upon him, and he wants to help me and you reach our top; I am convinced he will give us money, peace, love, fame, a position, or whatever desires we have, if they conform to his goodness. Over the years as I meditated in his word, I learned God, regardless now; I will believe and have faith.
Secondly, Revelation 1:13-17 (KJV) “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.”
This disciple John, saw Jesus when he walked on the earth; however when he saw him later in his perfect Godly visage, it frightened him so much; he fainted. Now I ask myself am I ready to see the most holy God in my fleshy, fearful body. For me, I think not right now. Maybe one day, but for today I am happy to just believe that he IS the great I AM, even if I don’t see him.
Can we trust and not See