Believing is Seeing – Today’s Thoughts…
By Pastor Lee Hemen
January 5, 2009
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. (Matthew 28:16)
There are those in today’s world that do not believe in God because they cannot believe in something they cannot see. They say, “Seeing is believing.” While the Christian believes in that which he cannot see because faith is required. It is by faith we are saved, it is in faith that we are made righteous, and it is in faith we are justified before the Lord. “Faith is,” according to the writer of Hebrews, “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) But faith is more than just believing in something, it also requires action, and here in Matthew we see the fruition of what I mean concerning faith. The eleven disciples had to head to “Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.” They had to act on their faith in Him. They had to do what Jesus asked them to do. Faith requires this of all of us. Faith is more than having feelings about something, it is acting on what you know intrinsically because of personal experience to be true.
Too many Christians in our day and age want “proof” from God before acting in faith. They want God to give them a “sign” or some sort of reason for them to invest their effort or time in Him. It does not work that way. This is profane. In fact, God has already done this through Jesus and will not do so again. To ask for a personal proof from God so that you will begrudgingly give Him your faith is in fact trying to make a bargain with Him. It is not faith. It is a sin. Faith is acting even when you do not see God in the circumstances. For the Christian “believing is seeing.” You “see” when you are willing to trust Jesus in every area of your life. The disciples had to trust the Lord and head to the mountain in Galilee, where He had told them to go in the first place. (Matthew 26:32; 28:10)
Dear brother or sister in Christ, stop trying to make God do your bidding and go in faith. He is not your personal god in a bottle that dances to your whims and gives you proofs of His existence for your good pleasure so you can bargain on how much faith you will entrust to Him. Ask yourself, “How many of the eleven showed up in Galilee?” They went because Jesus told them to go. They went by faith in Him. Your faith is only as strong as your trust. How can you trust in someone you are unwilling to obey? Stop demanding a sign and follow Him in faith. You already have every “sign” you need.
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