Faith

God Wants Us To Believe

Belief is an important aspect of Christianity- without it an individual cannot please God (Rom. 10:17, Heb. 11:6). There are several instances in the Bible where an individual is wrestling with belief and they ask for a sign from God to solidify the authenticity of the claim or the message. In the Old Testament, one of the Judges of Israel named Gideon struggled with believing God had called him to be a Judge. Gideon continued to ask for signs of assurance, to which God complied each time (Judges 6:17-19, 36-40).

In the New Testament, Jesus had disciples who struggled with belief as well. The disciple we have now named “doubting Thomas” struggled with believing in the risen Lord and said he wouldn’t believe until he felt the nails prints of Jesus. Jesus complied and quenched Thomas’ doubt with faith (John 20:24-28). Many people still make requests like this of God today. Some individuals say, “I won’t believe in God until he shows me a sign”, or “If God fulfills this one request for me, then I will believe in him”. The age of miraculous signs from God has ceased, and was present in the world for a time to produce belief. Miraculous signs are no longer necessary since the complete revelation of God’s word (the Bible) is here (1 Cor. 13:8-10, Heb. 2:2-4). God is not going to do a miraculous sign today to persuade anyone to have faith in him, but he still wants us to believe.

Someone might respond and say “If God really wanted me to believe, he would honor my request for a miraculous sign as evidence of his existence”. God has given us something even better than miraculous signs and that is His word. The Bible is meant to complete the Christian and give him or her everything that they need to serve God and to do the good works they were created for (Eph. 2:10, 2 Tim. 3:16-17). The Bible, unlike a one-time miracle, can be visited time and time again to strengthen and build up faith, truly God wants us to believe! The word of God is the incorruptible seed that abides forever and allows us to be born again (1 Peter 1:22). To reject the Bible and the evidence God gives us is unwise. Throughout the Bible, people were condemned for demanding a sign in light of the evidence already provided (Matt. 12:38-40, 1 Cor. 1:20-23). God wants us to believe, but on His terms. He, through the Bible, gives us everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3).

So how do I get my questions answered if God is not going to communicate directly with me? We need to go to the Bible, which He has given us, and search out the answers. Where did we come from and how was the world created? There’s a verse for that (Gen. 1:1-28). How can I be sure that Jesus is the Son of God? There’s a verse for that (John 20:30-31). What must I do to be saved? There’s a verse for that (Acts 2:37-38). God truly wants us to believe, and He has done everything necessary to produce obedient faith in us. God gave the perfect example from heaven, His Son Jesus Christ, and has preserved His word through the ages so that we can be confident in our faith and trust in Him (Rom. 15:4). If you are struggling with unbelief, do away with prejudicial and bias views of God and the Bible. Instead, sincerely look at the evidence to make a wise and logical conclusion. If you have believed in God in times past but your faithfulness is wavering, be encouraged by the fact that God wants you to believe and that His word is designed to aid you in that area. Faith is not a leap in the dark as some suppose. Biblical faith is based on the evidence that has been supplied (Heb. 11:1).

 

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