DAY 10: “Seeing Is Believing, Or Is It?”

“With God, “believing is seeing”. That is what faith is all about.”

The phrase “seeing is believing” is well known to us all. It implies that we won’t accept the truth of something unless we can somehow see it. You may have even said “I’ll believe it when I see it”.

Merriam-Webster defines it this way. The idiom “seeing is believing” is used to say that when something unlikely is witnessed, the truth of its occurrence or existence can no longer be doubted.

The Free Dictionary says it is “Actually seeing or witnessing something, as opposed to simply being told about it, which allows or will allow one to believe that it is true, or it has occurred.”

This is the case with children and room cleaning.  When you ask, “Did you clean your room?”  Oh, yes, mommy I did!  You soooooo want to believe but when you go upstairs, the door is closed, you open it ever so slowly, hoping that it is true, and you have trouble getting the door opened because the piles have moved from the middle of the room to behind the door, so it looks like the room has been cleaned.  I should qualify, that is not just the behavior of the littles, there might have been someone in our household that continued to do that as a teenager and tried to get away with it too.

With God, “believing is seeing”. That is what faith is all about.  We are to believe with the “eyes of our heart” first and then we see. We aren’t to go by our natural senses because they can throw us off.  Of all our natural senses, the eyes are the most easily deceived.  I guess you could say then that “seeing is deceiving”? I remember as a young girl, my family drove to Oregon to see my cousins. We were so excited!  It was my first time seeing the Rocky Mountains. I knew they were big but had no idea they were that big!  And in the eyes of a child, they were even bigger! From a distance they appeared massive and majestic.  As we got closer and closer, they got bigger and bigger, and all my parents heard from me and my sisters was “Wow, wow, wow!”. Our perspective shifted and changed as we up and down and around and through.  As we drove through Nevada my dad told us to look out the window.  Ahead on the road and off to the side in the dry terrain it looked like there was water. But when we drove by there wasn’t any water there at all!  It was a mirage.  Our eyes had deceived us once again. Things were truly not as they had appeared.

Earlier in the week in Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) we saw that “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things {we} hope for, being the proof of things {we} do not see and the conviction of their reality {faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses}.”

I love that the Amplified Bible says that NOW faith is the confirmation and the title deed of things we cannot see. It doesn’t say tomorrow, or sometime in the future it says NOW! That means you don’t have to wait to see with your natural eyes to believe it! Faith takes it and says you have it now! If you believe it in your heart, and it lines up with the promises of God then it is yours! It is the proof of what you can’t see!  When you have the title deed to something you own it.  It is fully yours!  It is signed, sealed, and delivered! You have the conviction of your reality.  Faith is real fact of what is not revealed to the senses.

A great example Jesus gave us is in John 20:24-31 (NIV) “Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So, the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”  A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe”. Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; Blessed are those who have not seen me and yet have believed.” Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”

Wow, there is so much in this passage!  Earlier in Chapter 20, after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene (outside by the tomb) and later that same day to the disciples in a house. The bible says the doors were locked and Jesus came into the house where they were staying, that means Jesus came right through the walls! The bible says they were convinced that He was the same Jesus who was crucified a few days earlier, as the scars in His hands and side showed. I must say that if Jesus came through the walls of my house and said hello, I would be convinced too.

However, Thomas wasn’t with them in the house when Jesus came.  Then when they told Thomas about it, saying “We have seen the Lord, we have seen the Lord!”  Which if someone was raised from the dead, wouldn’t you be a little excited too and want to tell everyone? Thomas immediately responded according to his senses. He wasn’t with the disciples when they saw Jesus, he just heard it from the other disciples. He had a choice to make right then and there.  Think about that. He had been hanging out with Jesus just like the other disciples. They had lived, walked, and done life together. He had even seen Jesus do miracles, and his immediate response was that he didn’t believe them.  Thomas said “Unless I see (with my own eyes) in Jesus hands the print of the nails, and put (feel) my finger into the print of His nails, and put (feel) my hand into His side….I will not believe.” He decided solely based on his natural senses.

Jesus tells us this in (verse 31) so that “we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing we may have life in His name.”  As we go about life He wants us to see with the eyes of our heart. We are to walk by faith and not by sight.  That is why He told Thomas “Blessed are those who have not seen me and yet have believed.” This is our example to follow.

As I shared in an earlier podcast, I always knew that I wanted to get married, be a wife, and have children.  I saw everyone and I mean everyone (or so it seemed) get married before me.  God had a different plan then mine (shocker) and I was married at 31. (I turned 32 the next day but I can still say that I was married at 31!)  We decided it was time to start a family and didn’t even think twice about it.  It seemed as if everyone else was having babies, but not us.  I put up a crib in the spare bedroom (in faith) and every time I walked into that room, I believed in my heart that one day we would have a healthy baby.  I took some flak for doing that, but I wasn’t deterred by it.

I went for a check-up and the doctors discovered a tumor.  They scheduled me for surgery a month later.  That entire month I had to battle the thoughts of “what if” in my head. The morning of my surgery (I was perfectly fine the night before) I felt off. It was like I had suddenly come down with a cold and had trouble breathing.  I said to Sean “If I have to go under anesthesia, I’m not sure I want to do that.”  We went to the appointment, and I shared my concerns with the doctor.  I felt the Holy Spirit pressing on me to not have the surgery.  I made the decision to wait and found out a couple of weeks later that I was and had been pregnant at that appointment. I went back to the doctor, and He said “Not only are you pregnant but there is no trace of the tumor.  It is a miracle.” Had I not listened to the Holy Spirit Ian would not be here today.

Ian turned 30 this past September.  20 months later Megan was born and 22 months after that Allison came into the world. I believed Hebrews 11:1 and stood on that. I believed that Jesus came to give me life and life to the full (John 10:10) which included having children.  It wasn’t always easy, but God is faithful. I made a choice to believe with the eyes of my heart and not my natural senses. I believed that God is who He says He is and that He would do what He said He would do.

It is by faith we obtain the promises of God, which are yes and amen according to His Word.

What are you believing God for today?  Are you using your natural senses or are you looking through the eyes of faith? I testify to the goodness of God so that you will know that He is good.  He is for you, and not against you.