To Have Faith or Not to Have Faith
While talking with a friend a while back, 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 Himself to me.
In all honesty, I am pretty sure a lot of people would like a personal visitation from God. I believe that the thought of God taking time from listening to everyone else just to spend time with me would make me feel special, and I am sure a lot of people, too, would feel the same.
I know that God visits with each of us differently; I am sure that there are many people that God has revealed Himself to by way of dreams, visions, and other forms. God in His goodness and wisdom knows what we need, so I do not mock anyone and am thankful that God does personally visit with His children.
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 God whether I can see Him or not. I am pretty sure there are more in the Bible, but two is 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.”
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.
The Holy Spirit helped me to understand that faith in Jesus, what He has done for me, God’s great love, and His mercy is much more precious, than God appearing to me in a dream or vision. 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, and it is the same for you too.
In reality, faith is a practice, and it takes patience to develop because sometimes it is hard to believe in something you do not see. I asked myself if faith this is so important to God, then why is so hard to hold on when everything around me is contrary to God’s promises.
The Holy Spirit answered again. The principles of the earthly world do 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. Too, those who love Jesus are sometimes blind to the lies of the devil and wallow in their sickness, depression, hate, poverty, racism, etc.
Like so many, for years of my walk with God, I let doubt and unbelief control me. 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 as everyone said, it would work. I could not 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. Now, I understand that God promised good things to me because I believe upon Him, and He wants to help me, and you obtain the plans He has for our lives.
I live in faith now, and 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.
Now I ask myself am I ready to see the holiest God in my fleshy, fearful body. For me, I think not. Maybe one day, but for today I am happy just to believe that he IS the great I AM, even if I don’t see Him.