The Thought for the Week this week was written by Mandy Stinglehammer

by Susie Jean Sharkey

Luke 20:29

“Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet believe”

I have been thinking recently about how faith is so dependent on our hearing the voice of God.  It is so hard for some people to believe that there is a God: looking around them, they see such pain and suffering, and using their own reasoning it doesn’t seem that there can be a God who is all powerful and who loves.  But we who know Christ know that these two things are true and we know them because we have seen them in our spirit, our spiritual eyes have been opened to see the wonder of God’s love shown to us in Christ Jesus.

And I think this is the only way people can ever be convinced of the reality of God: when their prejudices, mental barriers and questions have been overcome, that’s when they can hear God speaking into their spirits.

On that momentous occasion, when God spoke from heaven, to say that in Christ “I have glorified my name and will glorify it again”, some heard that wonderful declaration clearly, but others didn’t hear that at all.  In fact they “thought it thundered”. (John 12:28,29 ).  Their spirits were not open, were clouded, and His voice did not sound clearly in their hearts.

Which brings us to the question, how can we help to  get rid of these obstacles to belief in others so that they can hear God’s voice?  By evidencing the truth of the existence of God by the way we live our lives, by living the way the Master taught – lives full of the joy, peace and liberty that are ours as sons and daughters of the living God