Are you blessed?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
(John 20:29 (NIV))

Have you ever stopped to question your faith? What about the faith of the disciples who actually walked with Jesus? They had to step out on a limb and accept someone who, by today’s standards, many would consider to be a radical. We have the advantage of looking back at the events with certainty of knowing what happened. They did not know what would happen. With this in mind, when they first started following Jesus, they did not know where they would go. They simply stepped out on faith that Jesus was different, and they were proven right with His crucifixion and resurrection. All they had to go on from the beginning were the teachings of Jesus and the promise of the hope that He might bring.

We have the evidence of the hope that He has delivered through His resurrection. We have more evidence to support His resurrection than many other events in the history of the world, yet, we have not seen Jesus nor the actual evidence ourselves. We are blessed because we have not seen and we still believe. The disciples were blessed because they accepted on faith that Jesus held the keys to something wonderful.

Looking back at those who walked with Jesus, would we have been part of that group who accepted Him on faith and saw things unfold, or would we have been cynical and walked away from the hope that He came to deliver?

It is true that we are blessed because we have not seen Jesus, yet we believe. It is also very true that those who took that step of faith almost two thousand years ago were blessed. In essence, anyone who believes is blessed.

Are you blessed?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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