Believe | Devotion #4: When?
Michael Fox | Creative Director
Have you ever needed to see something to believe it was true? This happens to me sometimes. My son came in my room the other day and said he had cleaned his room. He does not have a problem with lying; however, I felt the need to look before I fully believed him, simply because this was not something he would normally do without my prompting. A similar thing happened to me the other day. A shipment had arrived at work that was not due to arrive for another week. I was told it was there, but I had some disbelief until I walked out and took a look for myself. These are small examples, and I am sure we all can come up with things like this both big and small. When it comes to asking God for things, and believing that He will provide an answer, sometimes it can be tough when we do not see what we want on our timetable, and when we cannot physically go to Him.
Sometimes God uses time to teach us things. An example from the Bible deals with Thomas, one of the disciples. John 20:24-29 says “Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.’ Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
This is just after Jesus was raised from the dead. It is hard to imagine as I have never experienced anything quite like this. In the text, Jesus had appeared after His resurrection to the disciples before this passage (John 20:19-21), but Thomas was not there at that time. We see that the disciples try to tell Thomas, “We have seen the Lord.” Thomas said he would not believe unless he saw it with his own eyes. Jesus waited eight days before revealing Himself to him, but after that time gave him what he needed to believe.
Sometimes, those eight days can be the difference between us doing something on our own, or letting God show us His will in our lives. Those eight days can lead us to the Scripture where we can find the answers and promises we need. Though we cannot physically see Jesus today, He does provide a way to Him through prayer and reading the Word. I would encourage you today, if you are struggling with something, seek God, read the Scripture and wait. Wait for God to reveal His plan and then look back at what you learned in those “eight days” and how you are stronger for going through it. m