Does Faith need Evidence or Proof?

Believing in what you cannot see

We see nothing, we hear nothing, we feel nothing – but we believe. We believe through every problem. We keep believing, even as we seem to be lost in the ocean of tears. We keep believing, even as we seem to freeze to death in the icy, dark desert of loneliness. We believe, even if we still wait and don’t understand why it’s taking so long. We believe. Why? Because: “Then Jesus told him (meaning Thomas), ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'” (John 20:29; NIV; emphasis added by me)

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy” (1 Peter 1:8; NIV)

Keep believing

And so we believe. We believe when the storms of sadness rage. We believe when the downpours of despair fall upon us. We believe when the bank statement screams for money. We believe when loved ones tell us that they no longer love us. We believe when the side of the bed next to us is empty and cold. We believe when loved ones die and we can hardly bear the pain. We believe. In our Jesus. And we know, believing, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians chapter 3, verse 20; NLT)