“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29, King James Version)
Recent news articles announced that a team of archaeologists claim to have found Noah’s Ark on Mount Ararat in Turkey. The find should “prove” the Biblical story of the Great Flood and the rescue of Noah and his family by God’s guidance.
As I read the article, I couldn’t help but think of some of the other so-called proofs which come under debate: the Shroud of Turin, the many relics claimed by some churches, the purported ossuary of Jesus’ brother, the walls of Jericho…the list goes on. Sometimes I fear people are worshipping these things instead of God. Other times I grieve for the arguments started over them. Most of the time, I wonder about the hearts of the people seeking “proof.”
When Thomas announced he wouldn’t believe the Resurrection without the physical proof of touching Jesus’ wounds, he earned the label “Doubting Thomas.” His name is synonymous with every cynical person you come across. When finally confronted with the physical proof of Christ’s return, he announced his allegiance to Him.
If Jesus were going through this scene today, I imagine He might phrase His response something like this: “Okay, you get it now, but you had to see Me first. That’s all well and good, and I love you. But the folks who really understand what I’m all about don’t ask for documentation. Their proof comes from their hearts, and I love them for seeing Me through the eyes of faith.”
As fascinating as the discovery of the Ark would be, if faith is dependent upon proof, it isn’t really faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. … By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” (Hebrews 11: 1-3, 7, King James Version)
Hebrews 11 recalls many of the patriarchs who, acting on faith rather than proof, followed God’s instructions and achieved great things for Him. How much more could we accomplish for the Kingdom if we stopped waiting for proof and stepped out in faith. We serve a faithful Master, who will give us everything we need to do His will, if we only accept it.
Are you waiting for some proof before you accept the gift of God’s love and His Risen Son? Open your heart and look for the seed of faith. Nurture it and it will grow. God isn’t waiting for a team of archaeologists to validate Him before He will move in your life. All you have to do is let Him in.
Father, I thank You for the prophecy and promise of Your Word. I praise Your goodness and mercy and ask that You strengthen the faith of those who seek You. Please give us eyes to see the tools You have given us to do Your will; give us hearts focused on looking at You and Your Glory, not looking for earthly proof.
FoxNews.com: Has Noah’s Ark Been Found on Turkish Mountaintop? http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/27/noahs-ark-found-turkey-ararat/