But why does God want us to have this strong faith in him? why can’t he make it easy for us?
This is a good question. Sadly, even when God spoke and allowed Himself to be heard by the people, not all of them believed or, if they did believe in that moment, they did not continue to believe after some time had passed. The simple answer is that even with God’s existence proved in front of our very eyes, our sinful human nature causes some of us to refuse Him and His love of us. Here are examples from the Bible on this very topic.
In Exodus, God spoke aloud from Mount Sinai for all of the people to hear. “And God spoke all these words, saying…” (Exodus 20:1) and then the Ten Commandments were given. “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” (Exodus 20:18,19)
The presence of God on the mountain, even shrouded as it was, was so powerful and terrifying that the majority of the people begged Moses to go speak for God for them. Now remember, these are the very same people that witnessed first-hand God’s mercy and judgment in the ten plagues of Egypt, the miraculous parting of the Red Sea that saved them from Pharaoh’s army, and the presence of God constantly with them as a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. Short of the Second Coming of Christ, were these not powerful enough signs of His existence, power, and majesty?
Yet when Moses was considered late returning from Mt. Sinai and speaking with God (whose presence of lightning and cloud at the summit remained), were so quick turned away from the Lord. They even went so far as to build an idol! They made a golden calf and bowed down before it in worship. (Exodus 32) Now, before we judge them too harshly, I ask: Are we so different today? Are we also short-sighted and forgetful of God’s blessings and mercies in our own lives?
At Jesus’ baptism, God again spoke aloud. Matthew 3:16,17 records: “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” This same event is also recorded in Mark 1:10-11, “And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Throughout the Bible, we see example after example of God making His existence known to many people, but we live in a sinful world. Due to sin, some of us will allow our stubborn hearts to deny God even when we witness an impossible miracle ourselves. That is why the Bible, in Revelation 6:14-16, speaks about the Second Coming of Christ in this way: “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”
On the other hand, in John 20:29, Jesus says: “…Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” No, it is not easy to believe in Someone we cannot see, touch, and hear, but there is a special blessing for those of us who still believe without seeing.
For example, I grew up in a military family, and often times my father would be away from home. When I was in college, he was gone for three years. Three very long years. Just because I could not see him every day did not mean that my father did not exist. It is kind of similar with the Lord. Just because we cannot see Him now does not mean He does not exist. 1 Peter 1:8 encourages us: “Though you have not seen him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.”It's not easy believing in Someone we cannot see but we need to trust in the Lord. Click To Tweet
And 2 Corinthians 5:7 reminds us: “for we walk by faith, not by sight.” The path we walk as we follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will not always be an easy one, but we walk this path by faith. Another word for “faith” is “trust”. And it is written, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)