I am currently in my fifth year of Bible school and I have spent the last 5 years of my life immersed in a community of believers. Daily, I witness the work of God in the lives of people around me and I see how God answers the prayers of my friends, my professors, my mentors and my family. I have the privilege of hearing scholars preaching the word of God and providing helpful interpretation and commentary. Despite all this evidence of God’s work in our world it is remarkable how many times I find myself doubting God’s goodness, his faithfulness, or his provision.
John reveals in the verses preceding verse 44 that Jesus had performed miracles in front of the Jews and yet they still doubted that he was the Son of God and the Messiah. When I read this I think, how could they doubt? How could they be so ignorant and so prideful to doubt the truth that was revealed right in front of their eyes? And then, I realize how often I doubt, even when the proof is right in front of me.
In response to the doubt Jesus emphasizes his connection to God and the reasons for which he came to earth. God reveals his loving and merciful character through His Son, Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, the darkness in our lives and in this world is revealed. Being a Christian requires work; it takes active faith and choosing to seek a Christ-like character through the reading of Scripture and an active prayer life. This seems particularly difficult in the current state of our society. As I read the news and see the darkness that sometimes seems overwhelming, I often feel weighed down and discouraged. However, as followers of Christ, we are called to be a light in this dark world, to choose to not submit to the enemy’s temptations. Jesus lays this challenge before his followers in this passage and in times when we doubt God’s presence in this world we are called to follow Christ, to be the light in this world and live by faith, praying along with the man in the Gospel of Mark: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24).
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