“Then He said to Thomas, Put your finger here and observe My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.” John 20:27
Greetings fellow sojourners!
What if we were impelled to truly walk by God’s faith and not by mere common, frail, human sight What if we were driven by the priority intuition of the Spirit and not led by the ordinary revelation our senses and intellect provide? Jesus did not unbraid or reproach Thomas for not believing the testimony that had been given him by his comrades but insightfully said, “Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.”
Thomas desired to be led by the revelation of his senses and his own intellect regarding the disclosure of the Resurrection. So by this same method, Jesus told Thomas to employ his sense of touch and sight to prove the testimony Thomas had heard about Him was true. Jesus then said if we don’t need our senses to substantiate our faith then we are blessed. Also, if we do not press forward in faith, we will not be pleasing to Him. “But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him.” (Hebrews 10:38) Sweet things, we are to make our way by God’s faith, not by the appearance our senses reveal to us. We live in the body (where our senses are useful) but we also live by the spirit (therefore, we walk by faith).
Jesus was addressing the general spiritual condition of Thomas. Thomas was in danger of passing from the state of a believer in Christ to that of an unbeliever. His demand for the evidence of his senses was a step backward, a depending on the less, not on the more, certain. Jesus would have him retrace that step and become one who depends upon the powerful intuition of the Spirit.
Thomas was given the luxury of having his fleshly eyes bolster his faith when Jesus presented Himself to him but if we refuse to live by faith and not by sight we will surely miss what the Spirit will reveal.
Can you hear Jesus as if He were speaking the words to you right now? “Don’t be an unbeliever, but a believer.” Lay down your doubt and be a believer and not an unbeliever. If you err, decide to err on the side of faith, not insisting on witnessing the miraculous with your own fleshly eyes in order to allow your heart to be moved in awe.
In His grace,