Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Friday, March 10

Falling into Blind Faith

God has never spoken to me. He has never been so straightforward as to show me his presence with a sudden strike of lightning, or a message in the clouds, or even so much as a whispered “I love you” in the wind. I have never witnessed an all-confirming action of his presence. I know God can make miracles, but he has never exhausted one on me.

The pages of this devotional are likely filled with amazing testimonials of God’s awesome love, and I know these experiences exist, but that is not what every relationship with God looks like.

Just because God does not make his presence completely obvious does not mean he is not standing right there with you. You may feel entirely alone, surrounded only by the pain this cruel world has caused you. And when you look up, desperate for any blatant sign of God’s presence, you might feel let down. God does not always answer our prayers so directly.

Even if we do not have a conscious confirmation of God’s love at all times, our faith guides us. We cannot depend only on simple human understanding. We are not as lucky as Thomas to be able to inspect Jesus’ hands after the crucifixion. We must just believe. “For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Whenever you need God, he is there, whether you are aware of his presence or not.

Falling head over heels into a blind faith is not easy. Sin exists in every corner of the earth. How could God let that happen? Why hasn’t God stopped this? Where is God? We must ignore the relentless doubts and trials that fray our faith. It may not make sense to us, but it does not have to. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Find comfort in the unknown and trust that our perfect God is in control.

Elise Lindemann
High school student

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