It is the holy grail of courts, detectives, scientists, inventors, and inquisitive 5 year olds. Those clues, prints, answers, and eye-witnesses that satisfy the unknown; such discoveries are the confirmation, the proof of concept, the reality beyond our personal experience.
As humans, we are wired to search the limits of our experience. In fact, our Designer requires that every one of us push our boundaries. We are told to have faith, but our natures scream against the darkness of ignorance and uncertainty. We want to know; we want convincing evidence.
Our family Bible study following the book Claiming Christ began Today with consideration of the common accusation leveled against Christians that we are superstitiously following an unknowable god with blind faith, a belief absent of real evidence.
As we noted, faith will always entail some degree of allowance for the unknowable, an acceptance for which we cannot provide absolute evidence. However, the real question is whether or not such faith has convincing facts or is just mythical smoke.
What does this God we claim to follow require? Is it a blind faith or an informed faith?
As Christians, we would like to claim the latter, but consider what God says about those facts, those irrefutable proofs that solve the case and convince the juries beyond a reasonable doubt.
“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”
“The hand of the Lord will be made known to his servants”
“See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.”
“My grace is sufficient for you”
Apparently, God declares for all to hear that he will always provide sufficient evidence prior to our stand before the critics of our faith. Biblical prophecy has a 100% success rate. When God says something, or extends a promise, it has always occurred exactly as predicted.
We are never expected to trust with blind obedience. He promises to always provide what we need to establish an informed faith firmly upon his reality and within the confines of our own personal experience.
Of course, he seldom plays our games of “if you are real, do something magical”. But there will always be convincing evidence. That is his promise.
And so, the question for us is what is that basis for our faith? Where do you firmly attach your belief? What evidence has God given to you, some of it common with others like the resurrection of Jesus, and other of it specific to your reality, like healing or uncommon peace.
The evidence behind your faith may not (yet) shake the mountain of critics, but it ought to anchor your devotion to Jesus Christ with unmovable trust and absolute hope. Look for it. Document it in your conversation and in your soul.
Genuine Christian faith is founded upon the Rock of sure evidence, the irrefutable reality of eternity and Divinity.
God so loved the world, that he proved it by giving his own life as Jesus our risen Lord!
What evidence do you point to that shouts proof of victory in faith?