“Why couldn’t you come roaring in and save us like last time?”
Have you ever felt that if Jesus were to come running towards you then that is when you would trust or believe in Him? I love this Chronicles of Narnia clip because it serves as a great reminder that Jesus will save us but it isn’t going to be in the way we think he should save us.
If you think that you would trust and believe in Jesus if he were to just appear in front of you I’m here to tell you that reason will want more proof. Some people that lived during the time that Jesus was alive still did not believe Him after seeing with their own eyes. Can you imagine that? People stood before Jesus and watched him preach, watched him heal, and watched him love with the deepest of loves and still did not believe. That means that people who actually saw Jesus heal the blind and lame still chose to turn the other way.
Many people claim that if Jesus is real then he should just appear before them and answer their questions. Maybe you are one of these people wondering the same thing.
So why don’t we see Jesus in the way that we want?
It’s because the way God chooses to speak to you will be in ways you don’t expect.
Look at the way Jesus spoke and appeared to his disciples. He didn’t speak or appear to them like they imagined either and that is what made Thomas the “Doubting Thomas”. Little did they know God would live amongst them in the flesh as a servant. He did this to show them how to love others. He foreshadowed what was to come by the way he served them. He did things like wash their feet–something that was not done by people proclaiming their eternal Kingdom. And here Jesus was doing something only a servant would do.
I can bet that God has been speaking to you like this too. He might not appear before your very eyes to tell you things in the way that you want. But he is speaking to you in your surroundings.
He speaks to you in the early morning hours before you get out of bed.
He speaks to you when you are alone.
He speaks to you during your dark night.
He speaks to you when you seek his presence.
He speaks to you because he seeks you too!
He wants you to keep your eyes open to him. But even if you don’t see him you can trust that he is near to you.
It’s so easy to box God into this idea of everything he is or what he is capable of doing. He loves to prove to people that he can answer you in any situation.
Whether you are a believer or not I ask that you trust that the Lord can use anything and anyone to speak to you.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.