Show Me the Evidence of God
People want to see in order to believe, but how good is the evidence of the eyes?
Doubt was a big part of the experience of our Biblical ancestors. They had tons of evidence of God, but they still had to deal with doubt. They dealt with it all the time.
It’s so important for us to get this, so that we can accept and understand our own doubts.
Consider the Israelites, our ancestors in faith. They were also our ancestors in doubt. Think about it. God rescued them from slavery! Talk about showing people who’s God.
Then, in their flight, God rescued the Israelites from one of the world’s mightiest armies. Right at the brink of the Red Sea, Moses told them, “Have faith. God is going to deliver us safely across this sea.” Then Moses struck the water with his staff and incredibly, the waters parted. The Israelites crossed safely to the other side and Pharaoh’s army drowned.
Having seen it with their own eyes, the Israelites believed. They said, “This must be God!” Well, how long did that last? Despite these signs and wonders, and many more, they began to doubt Him. After forty years in the desert, wandering in circles, seeing the same thing over and over again, they doubted. They said, “Maybe God isn’t who we think He is.”
That’s when they made an idol. They made a golden calf. They made an image of the god they wanted, because they doubted the God who is.
Stories like this are everywhere in the Bible. People saw God work miracles, signs, and wonders, and they doubted Him anyway.
Consider John the Baptist. This was the man who prepared the way for God. Still, when he wound up in prison, he sent people to Jesus saying, “Hey, ask Him. Ask Him if He’s really the guy.”
This was a man who personally witnessed signs and wonders. John the Baptist stood with Jesus in the Jordan River. He baptized Jesus and saw the dove come down from heaven. He literally saw the Spirit descend upon Jesus.
Can you imagine that? Can you imagine seeing that with your own eyes? John the Baptist saw it, and still he asked Jesus, “Are you the guy?”
Faith takes trust. Faith takes so much trust! Faith is hard for us because we are the kind of people who have to see something to believe it. We can’t help this. We’re physical beings, so we rely on physical evidence. Suppose you tell me there’s a tree right in front of me. Well, if I look and I can’t see it, I won’t believe you.
You could say, “Well, you don’t see air, but you trust that you’re breathing.” Okay, true, but that’s not a good example. I can see my chest moving in and out. I can feel the air in my nose and mouth as I inhale and exhale. So I may not see air, but I believe in it. I can feel its movement in my body.
Sometimes I suspect that blind people have the greatest faith. Why? Because they aren’t fooled by the physical evidence. If someone tells a blind person that there’s a tree right in front them, they need to believe it. If a blind person wants to cross a street, they have to wait for the beeping “Walk” sign. And then they still have to trust that it will be safe to cross.
Jesus declared, “Let the blind see.” He said that because He wants everyone to see the sovereignty of God. But can we? Or are we too dependent on the physical evidence to really, truly see?
I am the author of To Stir a Movement: Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball (2013), and my second book is in the works. Visit my Huffington Post page here. I blog here. Follow me on Instagram & Twitter: @JeremyAffeldt.