By His Grace: ††† Kevin K. OíConnor
Date Penned:†††††††††††††††††††† Date Sept. 21, 2006
Main Thought: ††††††††††††††† Is Seeing actually Believing?
Is seeing actually believing? I donít think so. How sad it must be to have a tool to accomplish a task and not know how to use it. Look at Lucifer, one of the greatest angels that God created who instead of keeping his focus on the One Who made him, began looking at himself. Look at the children of Israel who saw God performed miracles beyond what anyone here has ever seen and yet all but a couple (1) of the adults who had seen them died in the wilderness without entering the Promised Land. Look at Judas Iscariot (2) who saw the Lord of Life Himself raise the dead and yet betrayed Him to those who would put Him to death.
No, as I look at the nature of man, I begin to see that seeing is not actually believing. Thereís a depth of relationship that God desires with man that goes beyond a shallow relationship of external visibility. For itís with the eyes input is received but itís with the heart it is interpreted. The heart of man was made to have deep relationships not shallow ones. No wonder the heart feels like it would rather be dead and buried rather than go through the pain of an unfaithful spouse. Only those who have gone through it truly know that depth of pain and wishes it on no one else.
As I look at the shallow and untrusting nature of ourselves, I begin to understand that itís neither by might nor by power that weíre saved. Itís but by the Grace of God in Jesus His Precious Son! I feel that God Himself was quite sickened at the foulness of arrogance and pride when satan began to think that he alone was the reason for his power and beauty. And because this foul spirit gave birth into satanís heart, God determined to Himself that He would allow it to run its course so that all of those He made with a will would have an opportunity to choose which they would choose, themselves, or their creator. And because He Himself could see that seeing was not actually believing, He decided that those who would inherit Eternal Life would be for those who had eyes that looked deeper than their external surroundings. This is why He has chosen those of Faith to inherit eternal Life.
Just as our eyes are like the windows of our soul, so Faith is like a window into the heart of God. Without it, weíre blind, deaf and dumb when it comes to knowing and understanding Him. Joshua and Caleb were the only ones who could see beyond what their eyes saw and because of their Faith were the only ones allowed into the Promised Land from the adults that were led out of Egypt. The Halls of the Faithful declare the Glory of God! For their lives give testimony to The One Who is All Powerful and Supreme beyond themselves.
Relationships built upon only what our physical senses can detect produces a relationship with a depth that is proportional to the depth of what we can see, taste or touch. In other words, what you see is what you get, and thatís it! There are those who focus their hearts upon what their eyes can see and will die empty handed before the One Who gave them life. Than there are those who empty themselves out for God first and then for their fellow man who will stand before God and He will smile as He looks at those that could see beyond the physical and bless them accordingly.
How are you living your life? According to what you can see with your eyes or according to what you can see with your heart? Judgment day is coming soon and the heart of God desires to reward us, not punish us. If we will listen to Him with our Hearts and not just with our ears, than He will begin the work of Faith that gives way to Life in His Son.
Scriptures from which these thoughts have sprung;
(1) Numbers 14:29-31 (New International Version)
29 In this desert your bodies will fallóevery one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me. 30 Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. 31 As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected.
(2) Luke 6:15-18 (New International Version)
15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. 17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil[a] spirits were cured,
(3) Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:5-7 (in Context) Hebrews 11 (Whole Chapter)
Other great scriptures relating to these thoughts;
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