Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NIV
"Seeing is believing." Most of the time, it's a good adage to live by. Before we accept something as true, we want to witness its existence. For example, before purchasing a car, we do not call the dealership and have them deliver it to our door sight unseen. Instead, we want to inspect it -- look it over for dings, check out the interior, and give it a test drive. We do not buy it based on faith in the manufacturer, Consumer Reports reviews, or even the dealership but want to be assured that it meets our expectations.
With God, we can have confidence because his hope is a certainty. Although we have never seen him, we have faith in his promise. No further evidence is required; we "believe without seeing." As Christians, we know this is true. In our faith, we accept that Jesus came, ministered, died for our salvation, rose from the grave, and ascended. With that same confidence, we are assured that all of God's promises are true, including our trust in his plan for us. Our assurance comes through our faith, sight unseen.
Mighty God, we thank you for your hands in our lives. We trust that everything you do is for our good, even when we can't understand the how and why. We confess we are sometimes skeptical; like Thomas, we want to see the nail scars. Please forgive us when we doubt, and help us in those times of unbelief. We ask this in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen