Fresh Hope – 30th May 2017

In the Bible, Thomas is unfortunately known for being a doubter, stating in John 20…

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Then a week later Thomas exclaims;
“My Lord and my God!” to which Jesus replies;
“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

We often read this story from the point of view of being blessed as a Christian for believing in a God we can’t see, but let’s look at these verses from the point of view of being faithfully upbeat in our lives when potentially we’d have good reason to cry.

How often when in real need do we cry out as if the world is ending telling anyone who will listen? When Jesus (faithfully as always) performs a miracle we exclaim like Thomas ‘My Lord and my God!’

But Jesus says to us, ‘you say I’m Lord because of the answer, try being this buoyant and positive before you see the answer, then you’d be really blessed!’

I believe we would take so much more ground in our lives if we could learn to walk as if we’ve already won the victory especially when we can’t see it! It’s called faith!

Isaiah 54:1 (NIV) says “Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate womanthan of her who has a husband,” says the Lord.

Living in this very logical world with the knowledge of a God who loves us, should make us positively very irrational at times. How irrational, and non-logical for a woman who’s barren to sing and shout because she’s going to have many children – at least wait until your pregnant, right?

No!

When struggling for answers that seem like impossibilities and when everyone else seems to have seen Jesus but you, believe and exclaim Jesus is Lord regardless!

Because…

“blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Luke Cartwright

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