I think about Abraham. Jesus hadn't come yet so all he had to do was have faith in God. Which he did. I sometimes think it would be harder in that situation. He had no physical proof. He hadn't seen Jesus yet. Then on the other hand I think about how easy he had it. He did see visions of God and God did verbally communicate with him.
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
God later goes on to tell Abraham that his decedents will be as the stars in the sky in number. And a little later in Genesis it says Abraham believed God. He had faith.
Genesis 15: 6
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
I think about the disciples, about how easy it would be for them to believe in Jesus. They were the ones who experienced Jesus first hand. He was tangible to them. They had heard the prophesies before. They knew Jesus was coming. But, then again how hard it must have been for them to have faith in Jesus. I believe by this point they all pretty much had solid faith in God and his law. Things were changing up though, they now had to believe in Jesus. The new covenant was coming. Grace was here. It was now all about faith in this man named Jesus. The Pharisees were pretty adamant that Jesus wasn't the son of God. The persecution and opposition they must have faced. So many people thought they were wrong.
Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.
Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
Then I think about todays time. What are we expected to have faith in. What are our struggles. How hard is it for us? By this point, I think most people get the point that Jesus was the Son of God. We all know that he resurrected, We know that the Pharisees weren't right. I even would go as far to say that today people probably question the credibility of God all together before they would question the existence and heritage of Jesus. You see we have been told and read this story of Jesus for over 2,000 years. It is what most of our grandparents, grandparents, grandparents, grandparents, grandparents, grandparents believed. We believe in Jesus.
I think it is still hard for us though. The truth of the matter is these stories we know so well, they all happened a really long time ago. We didn't have the opportunity to see Jesus in the flesh. It seems even though God does speak to us and people do still see visions they aren't documented as well Abraham's story. We have science now and amazing technology, and with that comes information and questions and theories. It can be really hard for someone to have faith in God in this day and time.
The point of this devotion is to hopefully open your eyes and get your brain turning to think about things from a different perspective. You see it probably wasn't always so easy for Abraham. He had his struggles I'm sure. It wasn't always easy for the disciples. They had many obstacles, persecutions, and trials for their faith in Jesus. Just like today. Jesus isn't always the easiest belief. But we have to have faith. We have to have faith in God and we have to have faith that Jesus is the Son of God.
I think people struggle with basic faith more than we realize. Having faith in Jesus is our avenue to God and to heaven.
Here is some basic faith scriptures.
Romans 1: 18-20
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse.
Hebrews 1: 1-2
After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days he has spoken to us in a son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he created the world.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
1 John 5:12
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
So, believe in Jesus. Believe in God. They are still alive. Still working miracles. Still here for you. You might find yourself in a place where you are struggling with your faith, it's ok, it happens sometimes. It was even hard for the disciples and they had the pleasure of hearing Jesus' teachings straight from his mouth. People struggle sometimes. Stay strong. Dig into your Word. Search for Him. Really seek Him. He will be there waiting to answer all your doubts and prove once again to you that He is The I Am.
If you struggle with doubt or disbelief I would be honored to chat with you!
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