Faith is an interesting thing. The Bible calls it the substance (meaning foundation) of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. So, it is that thing that gives the believer strength and hope in God, and it is a witness to others (i.e. the evidence) that the unseen God of the universe is real and true.
“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.” – Stuart Chase, American Economist
But is the evidence of faith enough to be considered proof? Today’s quote implies that in matters of faith, proof is irrelevant.
In Jesus’ day, even though he performed irrefutable miracles, there were still many who would not believe in Him as the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of the world. They may have acknowledged that a man who was lame was healed and able to walk, but this would not lead to faith. This type of response is not because of a lack of proof, it is the evidence of the spirit of unbelief.
Today is no different. I have heard of many miracles from spiritual brothers and sisters of cancer that “mysteriously” disappeared, of the blocked artery that was found to be cleared, of the brain tumor that was here yesterday but gone today, of the food that showed up on the doorstep, of the helpful person that was there and then disappeared, and the list goes on. In every case, when I hear about the evidence of the love and power of God, there are those who embrace it, those who would like to believe, and those who refuse to believe. Each response is not due to the evidence or proof available, it is rather the revealing of each person’s belief system.
We all act out of faith – every action of every person is directed by what they believe in.
The biggest miracle of all is the miracle of a changed life. What more proof do we need that God is real? We read in the 11th chapter of Hebrews about the faith of the saints, and how God performed great works in their lives by such faith. The following chapter then begins with the proper response of one who believes:
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
For those who have a heart to believe, our response to the evidence of God in the lives of those around us is that we would turn our eyes upon Jesus and the salvation He gives. And for those who already believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, such proofs are not necessary since we have Him already in our hearts. Lastly, there are those that regardless of the evidence or proof, it will not lead to faith. Stuart Chase was correct when he said, “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.”
Stuart Chase was an American economist and engineer born in 1888; you can learn more about him on Wikipedia.