At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” John 10:22-24

Jesus was asked frequently if He was in fact the Messiah. As humans, we are always searching for answers and facts, something we can prove. We have a hard time with just believing, but that is what we are called to do.

God made us with the ability to choose for ourselves, a free will to decide what we believe. He wants us to choose Him and the blessings He offers, but it is an invitation, we are not forced to worship Him.

The apostle Paul writes “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Jesus told His disciples “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” (John 20:29) We are called to have faith and believe because of what Christ has done for us, His sacrifice that we might be saved.

Gracious God, we are skeptical people, often only aware of things we can quantify. Help us to have faith in the things we can’t prove through human means, the blessings You send to Your undeserving children. Amen.

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