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Seeing Does Not Always Lead To Believing

When we walk by sight and not by faith, it will, at some point, expose our unbelief.

“And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day…” (Deut. 29:2).

How many times have you ever asked God to “open your eyes so you can see” Him at work in an area of your life? The unfortunate thing is that when He does “open our eyes to see,” we still continue to operate in the same unbelief as before. What I have come to realize is that in life, we look for the spectacular in an event which appears on the surface and we ignore the deeper revelation of what lies beneath. I believe this is due to our lack of understanding God’s purpose in “opening our eyes” and revealing His secrets to us. Now I could be wrong, but the Word of God shows that I am not…

In the Scriptural text for today’s meditation, Moses is reminding the children of Israel of their experience when God manifested His great power and wonders in Egypt, but once they were in the wilderness, they still did not believe in His ability to be Who He said He would be and to fulfill His promise to them. My question today is: How often do we do the same thing?

We have seen God manifest His great power in our lives to the point wherein we cannot help but to proclaim that, “This was no one else BUT GOD!” Then, in the next breath, we are operating in doubt once again because the exhilarating “feeling” has faded away. The reason for this: we are walking by sight and not in faith.

This was Moses’ purpose in continuously reminding the children of Israel about God’s mighty works. It has been proven that the more we hear a certain thing, the more inclined we are to believe it over time. Our mindset slowly begins to shift from doubt to possibility to unfeigned belief. This is what Moses was hoping to accomplish: stability in Israel’s level of faith and confidence in God.

How often do we rehearse the great things God has done in our lives? How often do we reflect and return to God in gratitude for Who He has been and for what He has done? The goodness of God never ceases to be manifested in our lives, whether we see it or not. Therefore, to ask God to “open our eyes to see” is not enough. We need to believe in God’s ability to be Who He says He is and to do what He has promised. We need to remember Who He has been and the things He has already done. Seeing does not always lead to believing.

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4 Comments on Seeing Does Not Always Lead To Believing

  1. Sean, Thanks for this good and timely word. And for the wonderful George MacDonald quote at the top! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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