Hi there! It’s been awhile but I had some free time today and have had this on my heart for so long now that I knew I wanted to get it typed out and see if this reminder blesses you as it has me. Awhile back in our Trust More series, we delved into 4 Ways to Move Beyond Trust and other practical tips for learning to trust in God, especially throughout the inevitable difficulties of life. During these storms, it is easy to say we will put our faith in God if we see Him moving the direction we want Him to move, and also too easy to lose hope if He goes another route. Oh, but our hearts are deceitful little buggers, aren’t’ they? Seeing is NOT believing, and the problem with placing our hope in the things we can see or control is that we aren’t truly putting our faith in God’s sovereignty in those situations. “Seeing is not believing. Seeing is seeing. Believing is being confident without seeing.” ~G. Campbell Morgan.
You may be thinking, “Well, if I did see God do this for me, it would be easier to trust that everything will be fine.” Sadly, this is so far from the truth. I know this because I think this all too often. I fall into a trap of only wanting to give baggage-free trust to God when things are going the way I think they should be going. But if I stop and look at the history of my life I realize how easily I forget all He has done for me and how faithless I can be.
This is nothing new of course; we see countless stories of people in the Bible that watch miracles happen before their eyes and yet still they are filled with doubt and fear. The danger of this belief is that we ask for what we want according to our own flawed will and desires without regard to God’s good and perfect will. We forget He knows best and if we keep asking for something that is outside of His will, it just may be given to us to our own detriment (Psalm 106). We have to remember that even if it isn’t easy, God knows best.
Look at the Israelites for example. They were enslaved in Egypt and witnessed amazing interventions from the plagues to the parting of the Red Sea in order to be set free. Shortly after though, their sight failed them. They saw His provisions over and over again, yet failed to trust God would provide for them when they faced the challenges inevitable in a sin-corrupted world.
When they needed water, they doubted God.
God miraculously provided at Marah. Seeing is not believing.
They needed food in the wilderness, and they doubted God.
God opened the skies to send the perfect amount of quail and manna. Seeing is not believing.
Again they needed water and doubted God.
God brought forth water from a rock in the desert. See is not believing.
They were in what overwhelmingly seemed like a hopeless situation against the Amalekites and doubted God’s deliverance.
God faithfully delivered them. See is NOT believing!
I have watched God provide extraordinary healing in my life. I have seen His ongoing, beyond coincidence, timing that points continually to Providence. There have been so many more instances of intervention that I know with full confidence can ONLY be due to God’s undeserved, unrelenting mercy in my life. I have seen, yet I too often still don’t believe as I should because I focus on what I can see, not what I know, not what I have seen.
When Jesus rose from the dead, Thomas had to see and touch Him to believe. Jesus mercifully and without judgement took His hands, brought them to His wounds, walked Him through his doubt with the same patience, grace and love He continues to show us when we doubt His faithfulness and action in and over our lives.
We HAVE seen. But because we focus on ourselves and not Him, we still choose not to believe. Not to trust. Not to have the peace God so generously has waiting for us.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29b
Choose to trust. Choose to believe. Don’t let your thoughts and propensity for wanting to see things happen your way discourage you. God’s plans for our lives are always best and are interwoven in just the right way to exemplify His glory. If you are having a tough time right now putting your trust in Him, you’re probably not spending enough time with Him. Please take the time to get into His Word. If you need to see Him move, that is where you will see Him, feel Him and ultimately find peace.
May you walk forward today in faith, and not by sight. There you will find the richness of His love for you.
Until next time!