By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark…
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going…
Examples of doubt:
When they had heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.
Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them…These returned and reported it to the rest, but they did not believe them either.
How is it that our spiritual forefathers, before the time of Christ, had more faith than those who got to see God Incarnate and witness all the miracles He had done? What was Jesus’ response to the disciples’ lack of faith? “Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their STUBBORN refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen” (Mark 16:14). For some reason, it is easier to stubbornly hold onto doubt than belief. The Eleven refused to believe until Jesus appeared to them in the flesh so they could see that the resurrection was real. What would have happened if Jesus never appeared to them? Would they have gone out and preached the Word boldly? Or would they have continued sulking in their living room feeling like fools because their savior was dead? Where would you and I be if Jesus didn’t show himself to the Eleven after the resurrection?
In Hebrews it mentions righteousness that comes by faith. First the faith, then the righteousness, which means that if we are only righteous because of what we have seen or because we are being humbled, then our “deeds” of righteousness will only last for a short while. This sort of righteousness is not based on faith, nor is it really based on our love for God. I am not saying that the love of God is entirely dismissed in this sort of faith, but anyone who relies on sight than on faith will struggle tremendously in their relationship with God because the temptations that come will have more power over us than if we had a true faith that sees heaven beyond this lifetime.
Every day we have a choice to see what we want to see. God has amply supplied us with what we need, but not always what we want. The doubters will always gripe about what is wrong with their lives: a significant other (or lack thereof), finances, themselves, work situations, etc. There will always be something amiss and they are never content in any situation they are in. They always got to have a comment about everything, no matter how big or small. The room is either too cold or too hot. There isn’t enough time to do everything. My life is in shambles because A, B and C happened. Nobody loves me and I don’t understand why. You get the picture. God could come down from heaven if he wanted to and open our eyes to see what He’s got in store for us, but would we believe? Do you use your deeds of righteousness as an exchange for something you want? Or are you righteous because you have the telescope of faith that you are willing to die for, even if you don’t receive what you want in this lifetime?
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