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
As a children’s pastor we sang a song with the following lyrics. Faith, Faith, Faith -just a little bit of faith. Faith, Faith, Faith -just a little bit of faith. Oh, you do not need a whole lot. Just use what you got. Faith, Faith, Faith -just a little bit of faith. There is a blessing that comes to us when we exercise faith.
The disciple of Jesus, Thomas, limited his faith to physically seeing and touching the resurrected Jesus. His heart and whole life experience were crushed at the crucifixion and burial. As far as he was concerned Jesus was dead and so were all of his dreams for this new life with Jesus.
If that is true…then. Thomas allowed his faith to build on the reality that Jesus was indeed alive. Since Jesus was alive…then. All His claims about Himself and God were true. All the promises that He made are true. Prayers made to the Father in Jesus’ name will be answered. Jesus will be with him always. All sins can be forgiven. History records that Thomas went toward India and fulfilled his walk as a man of great faith.
If that is true…then. Faith grows when you identify your starting point. If you are waiting to “know how all things are going to work out” before you start, your faith is limited. It is very helpful to identify where you are stuck. Thomas’ starting point was seeing and believing. Yours may be fear of failure, fear of what others may think, fear of not being good enough, fear of looking foolish. Try to work you way back to the promises that Jesus made to find your starting point of faith.
There is a blessing that comes in response to faith in the words that Jesus speaks. You are reading a scripture and sense that the Holy Spirit wants you to act on a verse that you read. Trust His voice and not your circumstances. Allow your faith to grow as you see His faithfulness to do what He has promised in your life.
Faith finds a voice and moves beyond the swirling thoughts of potential “might be ” bombarding your mind. One man spoke to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief.” Let your ears hear what God is speaking in your spirit.
Jesus said there is a blessing for those who are exercising faith that is not visibly seen. Where do you see this type of faith expressed in your daily life? May you experience this blessing as you exercise faith in Jesus promptings to come walk on the water.
Blessings Love y’all