People seem to always be looking for proof in order to believe. Like the old saying, "I’ll believe it when I see it." But if you have to see it, it isn’t faith at all – for "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
You’ve probably heard about Thomas, one of The Lord’s original 12 disciples. Due to a momentary disbelief after the resurrection of Christ, Thomas said, in John 20:25, "Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe."
This is very typical. Not just of Thomas, but of us. To seek for assurance is one thing, but to seek for proof in this sense is something else. Too often, we believe there will be comfort in "knowing," then later realize true comfort comes from trusting God and trusting that all is in His hands.
King David said in Psalms 131:1, "LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me."
When seeking proof or answers about something that hasn’t been revealed, such as wondering too deeply about things in the life to come or questioning too intently things in the life before us, this is often what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to understand things too high for us. Not that we shouldn’t want to learn more, but we should also be aware that there are some subjects we are not meant to understand, at least not for now.
At some point, if you sincerely belong to The Lord, you must simply believe. The Bible doesn’t say the just might live by faith. Or the just can think about living by faith. It says, "The just shall live by faith." (Romans 1:17; Galations 3:11; Hebrews 10:38)
We don’t need to see anything. All we need to do is believe in God…unto salvation and in every situation of our lives.
"Jesus saith unto [Thomas], Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed." (John 20:29)
If you need proof, it isn’t faith. Believe.