Blessed are they that have not seen, and believe.

thomas_std_tJoh 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.  ¶ And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed

First, I thank the Lord for His patience. Thomas was a little impulsive at times – though very loyal. He was willing on two or three occasions to die with the Lord, if necessary. But in this passage, we see a lapse of faith. And the Lord, instead of rebuking him, understood that this was a time for careful restoration of faith. And thank the Lord that He does that in us as well.

The passage primary application here, however, is when the Lord says “blessed are they that have not see, and yet have believed…” The Lord places high value on faith. We understand that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things NOT SEEN. The Lord regards highly and rewards greatly those who follow Him in faith – not having seen – no matter where the road may lead. The challenge this morning is to follow in faith. When we don’t understand the trial (Job), follow in faith. When we can’t see the road ahead (Abraham), follow in faith. When persecution comes (Paul), follow in faith. And when it comes to living for the sake of eternity, even when it means disregarding this world’s pleasure and treasure for a city to come (Moses), let us follow in faith. For, blessed are they (we) that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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