Read Luke 24:13-35.

O how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe!” (Luke 24:25)

What does it mean to be “slow of heart”? Should we trust our hearts over our heads?

Salvation is through faith (i.e. trust, love), not through head knowledge. God is known by love, not by reason.

Why is God hidden? You’d think that the Lord of the universe, the omnipotent, the all-knowing and all-loving King would be a little more visible. Yet no one sees God. His beloved suffer just like the rest of the population. Prayers seemingly remain unanswered. Where is God? But God’s actions — the result of God’s love — are seen through the eyes of faith.

I can imagine a person who wants to learn to walk, run, jump, to bemoan gravity, which holds her back. But that gravity is necessary for her to be able to walk, run, or jump. Think of a situation without gravity — outer space, for example. How would one walk, or run, or jump? There is nothing to push against. It would be entirely impossible for muscles to develop at all.
Growth is impossible without opposition.

Progress is impossible without a goal, and goals are impossible without something undesirable to strive to overcome.

All have doubt, or temptation to doubt, because without doubt there could be no growth in faith, and therefore no salvation.

The disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Jesus because he had hidden himself from their recognition. While faith was being stretched and strengthened, it had to be that way. Otherwise there would be no need (opportunity) for faith.

Doubt is overcome with love, not reason. God is known through love. Don’t ignore or paper over your doubts. Meditate of the life of Jesus.

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Harry Plantinga

Harry Plantinga is a professor of computer science at Calvin University and the director of ccel.org and hymnary.org.