The Higher Faith

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

 

Do you count it a great faith to believe what God has said? It seems to me a little faith, and, if alone, worthy of reproach. To believe what he has not said is faith indeed, and blessed. For that comes of believing in him. Can you not believe in God himself? Of, confess, do you not find it so hard to believe what he has said, that even that is almost more than you can do? If I ask you why, will not the true answer be, “Because we are not quite sure that he did say it?” If you believed in God you would find it easy to believe the word. You would not even need to inquire whether he had said it; you would know that he meant it.

Let us then dare something. Let us not always be unbelieving children. Let us keep in mind that the Lord, not forbidding those who insist on seeing before they will believe, blesses those who have not seen and yet have believed. We know in whom we have believed, and we look for that which it hath not entered into the heart of man to conceive. Shall God’s thoughts be surpassed by man’s thoughts? God’s giving by man’s asking? God’s creation by man’s imagination? No. Let us climb to the height of our Alpine desires, let us ascend the spear-pointed Himalayas of our aspirations; still shall we find the depth of God’s sapphire above us; still shall we find the heavens higher than the earth, and his thoughts and his ways higher than our thoughts and our ways.