'BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO BELIEVE WITHOUT SEEING.' JOHN 20:29 NLT
Asking for proof before you believe something, can stop from receiving what God wants you to accept based on His Word. Thomas watched Jesus die. That's hard evidence to refute. As a result Thomas decided to believe only what he could see and verify. When you're faith's been shaken you're inclined to cling things that are practical, absolute and tangible. Jesus graciously gave Thomas the proof He needed, and said, 'you believe because you have seen....Blessed are those who believe without seeing.' The fact remains, however, if Thomas hasn’t permitted to see and touch Jesus, it wouldn't have changed the reality of the Resurrection iota. Thomas' problem wasn't lack of faith, it was misdirected faith. He trusted only what he could process on a human level. Sound familiar?
By contrast, when Mary Magdalene met Jesus at the tomb he told her, 'Don't touch me...But go find my brothers and tell them' (John 20:17 TLB). Mary once washed Jesus' feet with her tears and dried them with her hair; touch was important to her. And touching Jesus at that moment would have confirmed what she'd seen and heard. This time, however, Jesus asked her to trust His Word and not His flesh; to be willing to testify without a touch. It's wonderful when we 'feel the touch of God' calming us, strengthening us, reassuring us He's still in control. The truth is that His touch has often kept us from giving up or going over the edge. But sometimes He asks us to trust Him without the crutch of sensory perception, to testify without a touch. That's faith at its highest level.
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: I Kings 1-2, Mark 14:1-11, Ps 128, Pr 12:10-11 www.mpbs247.org