“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’” vs. 40
Martha had confessed her faith in Jesus as the messiah, but she really didn’t have a clue about what a blessing that would ultimately be for her. Jesus was able to do for her far more than she had ever expected–she hadn’t dreamed that she would ever see her brother again. She had sold her faith short! It happens that way for many people who come to believe that Jesus is the Christ. We make that confession by faith, but it can seem ritualistic and commonplace, just another credal statement, something that we confess Sunday after Sunday without even thinking very much about it. But faith is so much more than that! When we have it, the world opens up and we begin to see the glory of God’s presence in the ordinary. Spectacular things take place. The lame walk and the blind see, cancers are cured and we dare to believe that those who have died will live again. People who have no faith see the same things but miss out on the wonder of it all. They fail to see the hand of God in the natural scheme of things, and they miss the beauty and peace that comes from knowing that we come from God, have our being in God, and one day will return to God. It’s faith that wraps all these things together in our lives and that gives us hope.
Thought for the Day: Why do I choose to be a believer?