The Magic Trick of Faith

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Have you ever watched a magician?  The magician puts a pigeon in a bin, and voila!, when he opens the bin, the pigeon has disappeared into thin air.  Can you believe that?  It is no longer visible… but because of experience and knowledge, you know that the pigeon did not really disappear into thin air.  The pigeon is still alive and well, just hidden in the bin contraption.  You have faith that the pigeon is still alive, and close by, even though you cannot see it with your eyes. You know that it is there, though you cannot see it.

It’s very hard to believe in something when you cannot see it with your eyes, or touch it with your hands, or hear it with your ears.  Does it truly exist?  Only experience and knowledge would convince you that it is, in fact, there, though your senses cannot experience it.

The disciple, Thomas, had his own doubts whether Jesus really came back from the dead.  Thomas would not believe until his senses were activated by physically touching the hands of Jesus where the nails pierced Him.

  • “…But [Thomas] said to them, “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.”  John 20:25

Faith is based on experience and knowledge.  It is not necessarily based on senses.  Even though we cannot touch, feel, or hear, we have faith to believe based on God’s promises in His Word.  We believe His Word to be true, so we have faith in what He says, though our senses might tell us otherwise.  Jesus tells us that if we believe, even when we don’t sense, we will be blessed because we are going on pure faith.

  • “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  John 20:29

Father, there are times when we doubt your promises and we doubt your presence in our lives because our senses don’t match your truth.  Help us to believe in times of unbelief.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.

“…I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!””  Mark 9:24

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