We who believe with eyes of faith are rewarded by God Himself

How to Be Blessed By God
The Blessings of Not Seeing

Scripture: John 20:28-29

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

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

          Thomas and the other disciples had the wonderful privilege of seeing Jesus after the resurrection.  They watched him die on a cross, now they are talking to Him – fully alive!  When Thomas finally believed that this person standing in front of him was truly Jesus, he fell down and said, “My Lord and my God!”  Yes, it was a wonderful moment for Thomas.  Yet Jesus wanted to make an important lesson out of this situation.  Jesus knew that it was hard to believe without actually seeing things with our own eyes!  Jesus wanted every one of us to know that we would be blessed, more than Thomas, as we believe without the privilege of seeing the nail marks and wounded side of Jesus.

As much as it seems better and easier for the disciples since they got to actually see Jesus, it wasn’t better or easier.  Jesus made a promise that day and He always keeps His promises.  He declared that it is you and me that are more blessed than these disciples.  We who believe with eyes of faith, without confirmation of physical viewing, are rewarded by God Himself!

This month has been all about discovering the path to God’s blessings.  We’ve talked about being strong in the Lord, courageous in our faith, obedient in our lifestyles, diligent in our efforts, and, finally, trusting in our approach to life itself!  It is this final characteristic of trust that makes all the rest even possible!

“Father, help my eyes of faith to see way beyond what my physical eyes see!  You are worthy and I praise you today.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

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