‘Seeing’ is NOT always ‘believing’

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 I had developed a habit of promising my daughter gifts that I did not have yet. So I would tell her to do something with the promise of a bar of chocolate that I did not have. After a series of such broken promises, she stopped taking me at my word, anytime I mentioned a gift she asked me to stop lying. She had no faith in me at all. I realized the fruits of my false promises were taking away my daughters trust, so I decided to turn things around. I bought many bars of chocolate and started undoing the mess. Coming back from work, I made sure I brought things I had promised to bring. Slowly and surely, she started believing my words, but the process started with ‘show me first, I have to see it to believe it’ so I started by showing and as we speak she doesn’t need to see anything to believe.

We often use the phrase, ‘seeing is believing’, meaning that for us to be sure, we have to see it with our own eyes. Our culture demands proof! Some people still don’t believe that I am a mother, so when I tell them I have a thirteen year old, they ask for evidence. I have always wondered if I am supposed to walk around with my daughter’s birth certificate and my national identity card! We have also seen people travel for long miles just to see a piece of land before buying. In the job market having a website and social media page, is the current source of proof that a business exists.

Many people don’t believe in God because they want physical evidence. Others, on the other hand, choose what to believe and what not to. Thomas in the Bible was skeptical about the resurrection of Jesus and wanted proof in order to believe, John 20:27 ‘Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!” To date, everyone who doubts is referred to as a doubting Thomas. Thomas was a disciple of Jesus, He was present when Jesus performed miracles all over the towns and cities,  Jesus had personally told them that He will resurrect after three days, but He still needed proof.

Wait it doesn’t end there, John 20:29 ‘Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” You who believes in God’s existence, His power, His presence, His word; are blessed! Our faith demands that we believe without seeing. Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” We are to be sure of what we cannot see, there is little room for asking for proof!  On the other hand, God has proved to be so real in our lives by the fact that we have life, He has proved that He can be trusted, by keeping His promises and always being there for us.  We have a reason to believe without seeing.

Today, believe that God is at work in your life, believe that He is making way, Believe that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can think or imagine: Even when you cannot see it, even when you cannot feel it, God is at work, God is real, God loves you and He is concerned about you.

Selah

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