Reference text: John 20:24-29
John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
When John wrote the words ‘What our eyes have seen and ears heard, that we testify to you’ in his first letter; he made a definite factual statement because those things that have been experienced personally and first hand are those one can easily testify about. The other disciples had already confirmed with their senses (at least visually) that Jesus was alive so we might want to cut Thomas some slack .
All the same, his staunch stand to refuse to believe that the Jesus had risen is also another area to consider. His actions, like many of us, makes us draw rapid conclusions when we don’t see things happening around us in a manner we would like. We are often tempted to believe that because we don’t see or have not seen, nothing is happening and God is probably asleep.
We have to bear this in mind: before a plant shoots up from the ground, it needs to have an extensive root network before rising: much like the Chinese bamboo which stays nearly 5 years beneath the ground showing no signs of life only to shoot up to 90 feet in six weeks. Because we do not see God at work, does not mean He is not at work. He is definitely behind the scenes putting things together for you: setting you up to meet the right people and giving you a firmer grounding.
Sweetheart, it’s about time you realised that God is still at work even when you see nothing happening. Hence, we must not let our belief in what He does for us hinge on what our senses perceive because our God ALWAYS works for our good and in our interests even if we do not see.
Remember # God works most when we see it least.