Sunday Devotional: Blessed are those who have not seen but believe

John 20:24-29

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him,
“We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side,
I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas,
“Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him,
“My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him,
“Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Led by Moses, the Israelites witnessed and experienced the following miracles:

  1. The ten plagues of Egypt:
    • Water turned to blood (Exodus 7:14-25).
    • A plague of frogs (Exodus 8:2-14).
    • A plague of lice (Exodus 8:17-18).
    • A plague of flies (God sent “grievous” swarms of flies upon all the people and houses of Egypt, covering even the ground, except in the land of Goshen where the Israelites dwelled fly-free. –Exodus 8:20-24).
    • Murrain, an infectious disease, killed all of Egypt’s cattle (Exodus 9:3-6).
    • A plague of boils with blisters (Exodus 9:8-12).
    • Thunderstorm of hail (Exodus 9:13–35).
    • A plague of locusts covering all of Egypt, so that the land was darkened with them (Exodus 10:12-15).
    • A plague of of darkness “which may be felt” so that “they saw not one another” covering all of Egypt, but not the land of Goshen (Exodus 10:21).
    • Death of all first-born in a single night, which spared Israelite first-borns (Exodus 11:1-8; 12:29-30).
  2. The burning bush that was not consumed (Exodus 3:3).
  3. The cloud resting on the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 13:21-22; 33:9-10; 40:36).
  4. God appeared in the cloud (Exodus 16:10).
  5. Aaron’s rod changed into a serpent (Exodus 7:10-12).
  6. The parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-31).
  7. The parting of the Jordan river near the city of Adam (Joshua 3:14-17).
  8. Manna (bread) from the sky (Exodus 16:14-18).
  9. Drinking water provided the Israelites:
    • Sweetening of the bitter waters of Marah (Exodus 15:23-25).
    • Water from the rock at Rephidim (Exodus 17:5-7).
    • Water from a rock in the desert (Numbers 20:7-11)
  10. Complainers consumed by fire at Taberah, which stopped in response to Moses’ prayer (Numbers 11:1-3).
  11. Enemies of Isralites consumed by fire, and swallowed by the earth (Numbers 16:35-45).
  12. Aaron’s rod “brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds” at Kadesh (Numbers 17:1-11).
  13. The walls of Jericho fell down at God’s command (Joshua 6:6-20).
  14. The sun and moon stayed motionless (longer day) to enable the Israelites to win a crucial battle (Joshua 10:12-14).
  15. A mega hailstorm destroyed the Amorite army (Joshua 10:12-14).

Despite having personally seen and experienced the countless AMAZING miracles, not only did the Israelites constantly doubt God, with tiresome repetition they periodically rebelled from God to worship false idols, that is, demons.

But God repeatedly forgave the Israelites.

Imagine, then, how much He loves us, who believe in Him although we haven’t witnessed the Israelites’ miracles nor seen or touched His wounds like doubting St. Thomas, yet we love Him with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength.

So the next time you doubt or falter or despair, take heart.

He loves you very, very, very much.

So much that God Himself did this for you.

See also:

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you!

~Eowyn

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William
William
1 year ago

I was like Thomas for most of life, not “believing” anything but demanding evidence. It’s okay to be skeptical and to question conventional wisdom (especially conventional wisdom) but hyper-skepticism can become a worldview in and of itself. In that case we superimpose our internal reality and expectations on the greater reality and perceive only what we allow ourselves to perceive. Only by “withdrawing all pretensions”, as William James put it, are we able to perceive the obvious answer to the question, “To who or what do we owe our existence?” The more I delve into origin of life research, the… Read more »

TrailDust
Admin
1 year ago

Try to count the number of times Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you.” He is making a point we need to attend to. Every day I get up and remind myself that I walk by faith, not by sight. I can tel you stories of signs and wonders I have witnessed, but for the battles of every day, God requires us to walk by and use our faith. Faith is not fuzzy and vague. It’s based on specific promises in His Word.

Alma
Alma
1 year ago

And with You Spirit, Amén. Dr. Eowyn, the [highlighted] articles will make for a wonderful afternoon. Thank You.

LoriQ
LoriQ
1 year ago

Thank you, Dr. Eowyn. I needed this reminder.

Steven Broiles
1 year ago

Faith is necessary for Salvation, and it must be built upon Reason. Reason and Faith ARE NOT mutually exclusive; Rather, Reason should lead one to Faith. Faith comes from hearing, and thinking about what one has heard, and takes that knowledge and holds it up to a sound Biblical foundation. Let no one say that real Faith is impossible. Voltaire made unbelief popular; Sartre made it fashionable. Both men led millions astray from the truth. Camus, himself an atheist, may not be in a good place right now, but at least he strove to be honest about what he was… Read more »

Lophatt
Lophatt
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven Broiles

Faith is a gift from the Holy Spirit. Our Lord told us what he required from us. Reason isn’t the same thing. It is not “reasonable” that Christ so loved our world that he gave himself up to a horrible death for our sins. That was an example of what “faith” is all about. When God calls it is our job to say “here I am, Lord”. For me equating ANYTHING with faith misses the mark. No “scientific” discovery or “proof” is more important than faith. We all have doubts. When we do we must pray for the Holy Spirit… Read more »

kjf
kjf
1 year ago

All 12 doubted, but Thomas was not afraid after the Cruxifiction, seems he was out and about while the 10 hid. That says something about St Thomas.

Another point should be made, especially to any EM and those who use EM to receive the Lord. Earlier in chp 20 St Mary Maddalena was not allowed to touch the Lord, but St Thomas was…

The Real Presence must only be touched by the Ordained not the laity.