If Jesus were to appear in front of you would you trust or believe in Him? Would you finally admit God is real?
When I think about my own story I’m reminded that Jesus appears to us in different ways and it’s in ways we would never imagine.
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 your mind will want more proof. Some people that lived during the time that Jesus was alive still did not believe in 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 chose to reject him. 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.
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.
We don’t get to dictate how God will communicate with us. He’s not a genie in a bottle that comes and goes when you say. 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, “Doubting Thomas.” Little did they know that God would live amongst them in the flesh as a servant. He did this to show them how to love others and what they would sacrifice as children of God. Jesus foreshadowed what was to come by the way he served people. He did things like wash his disciples’ feet, something that was not done by people proclaiming their eternal Kingdom. Washing a person’s feet was something only a servant, a slave would do. Again, at this time they were expecting a Jesus that would have worldly riches and power. They didn’t expect a carpenters son who lived as a nomad/gypsy and lived serving others. They expertly a worldly king like Herod.
I can bet that God has been speaking to you like this too. He might not appear before your eyes to tell you things in the way that you want, such as Moses with the burning bush. But he is speaking to you in your surroundings.
When is he most likely to communicate with you?
-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 (a time of suffering).
-He speaks to you when you seek his presence.
-He speaks to you because he pursues you.
God wants you to keep your eyes on him. But even if you don’t see him you can trust that he is near you. It’s easy to box God into this tiny box of an 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. He breaks free from this box that you put him in to prove to you that he is who he says he is.
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.”