Hey! Happy Tuesday! I know this is different, and it’s actually a little weird for me too. I’m posting in Lacey’s spot today, because she just got back from family vacation to the beach 🙂 I hope you all are having a great week, and that you all stayed safe during the storms that wrecked the Southeast this past weekend. Today I am talking about a portion of the Bible that while none of us want to, many of us can honestly relate to.
Sometimes, we doubt our Savior. We say, “God give me a sign.” or “God, prove that this is Your will.” or “God, I just can’t trust that you’re going to carry me through this one this time.” I mean, let’s be honest… we don’t trust anyone like we trust ourselves. That’s just the way that man was created. God gives us freewill to make our own decisions, and with that comes the choice whether we’re going to trust him when things go bad, or if you’re gonna pull a “Bryanna” and when things start going south, run away from God and hide in your hole, waiting for someone to come find you (or not find you.) We run away hoping that will make all of our problems eventually go away. When we realize that it’s not working and we have a hard time making our way back to God. We “walk” back up to Him and say, “Hey… God… remember that time when I said you couldn’t carry me through… Yeah, you see… well, I’m kind of lost right now, and I don’t know where to go, so can you like help me out?” Then, God picks us up, reminds us He loves us, and carries us through the fire like He promised us He would in the first place.
In the Bible, there was a man who didn’t believe that Jesus was truly risen. This man was Thomas, a disciple of Jesus! He was not with the other disciples when they saw Jesus for the first time, and he refused to believe that Jesus was truly risen until he saw Him with his own eyes and touched the scars that Jesus had received on the cross. John 20:24-29 tells the story of when Jesus appeared to Thomas. He allows Thomas to touch each scar that Jesus had received, and with that Thomas’s belief in Jesus’s resurrection had been confirmed. However, Jesus leaves Thomas with a chilling statement. John 20:29 says, “Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
Obviously, Jesus is talking about us. He’s speaking of how until we die, we won’t be able to see Him to believe Him. Rather, we will have to step out on faith and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the true Messiah. However, I believe that this also speaks to the level of our faith. Jesus often presents the disciples with the same question- why did they have such little faith? He asks them this when they are presented with storms in their lives. Often the disciples found themselves without faith, not believing that Jesus was going to carry them through the storm. I believe that Jesus often asks US this question when we’re facing some of the worst storms of our lives. “Bryanna, why do you have such little faith? Did I not carry you through the storm every other time? Why would I leave you now?” And here I stand, or really sit… in fear, frustration, or all of the emotions, realizing that once again, I ran away. I’m the one who left Him; He never once left my side or stopped pursuing me.
Having faith all the time isn’t easy. Having faith at all isn’t easy. Faith requires us to believe in something we can’t see. It requires us to trust God even when all seems impossible. Having faith requires us to trust that God’s plan is perfect even when it seems to wreck our plans. It’s being able to change our plans, knowing that God will provide even when it doesn’t seem like He will. Having faith is a crucial part of the Christian walk with Christ. Although having faith in Christ can be hard, He’s always there pursuing us as we run away, and inviting us with open arms when we turn back to Him.
I hope you all enjoyed what I had to say today. I’m sorry for the late post (again), but I gave blood yesterday and it made me feel really sick, so I was unable to finish my post. I hope you all will like, comment, and share this post as well as follow our blog. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Lacey’s post this week. We are quickly approaching FIFTY posts, and Lacey and I want to thank you so much for all of your support in the going on seven months that we have been blogging! Have a great rest of the week!
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