1st November 2011

What Do You Believe In?  Part 1

“Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
John 20.29 (NIV)

Do you believe in anything you can’t see, feel or touch? For example do you believe in air? You can’t see it, feel it or touch it but you believe in it with every breath you take. If air wasn’t there nor would we be, it’s vital for our life!

What about gravity, you can’t see it, touch it or feel it? But you believe in it because you know if you drop something it will fall to the ground, not just float in the air!

What about planting flowers or vegetables? You plant them as seeds and you expect them to grow but how do they grow? How does that seed take nutrients from the soil, how does it use sun and rain to make it grow? You can’t see, touch or feel the growth process of a seed, yet you believe in it. If you plant a seed you expect it to grow!

So what about belief in God? You can’t see, feel or touch God so that makes it hard to believe. Yet as we have just seen, we believe in other things which are vital for life without being able to see, feel or touch them. So many people use this tired argument as an excuse. If I can’t see, touch or feel God how can I believe in him? Yet the same people believe in air, gravity and photosynthesis without any thought.

Many Christians doubt God sometimes, especially in a time of trial or difficulty, for example the death of a loved one. But just as you have faith that air is there for you to breathe, so Christians have faith that God is there, despite occasional doubts. A disciple called ‘doubting Thomas’ was not rebuked by Christ for his lack of faith, but encouraged to believe. Just as gravity anchors us to this earth, so faith anchors our relationship with God. Just as we plant a seed expecting it to grow, without understanding exactly how it does, so faith encourages the growth of our belief in God.

Father, in a doubting and uncertain world, give us absolute faith and belief in you, not simply for ourselves but that we may encourage others to believe also.

Study by Keith Hartrick

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