Seeing is Believing (Part 1)
August 9, 2020 (Post #46)
(From Journal #4: March 22, 2006)
Lord, I believe You’ve got a revelation for me to study and document: “Seeing is Believing.” I immediately thought of John 20:29: Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus clearly said that those who would believe in Him “without seeing” evidence of miracles, etc., were blessed. Help me to understand and grasp what you want me to “see” from this study. I’m going to review as much scripture as I can about those who would “see and believe,” those who “saw and yet would not believe” and those who “believed without seeing.” I’ll just start in Matthew with what Jesus said about our eyes…
“The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore if your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)
This almost sounds like an oxymoron, Lord. How can light be darkness? I think You’re saying that if our spiritual eyes are blinded by evil, then our natural eyes cannot “see” the truth, only deception. So often the “spiritual leaders” were the ones who were filled with darkness and pride and rejected what they saw.
Jesus marveled at the centurion because he saw with spiritual eyes that Jesus had the authority to heal his servant by just speaking; he didn’t need to see any “proof” with his natural eyes. Matthew 8:8, 10: The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!…”
When Jesus told the paralytic that his sins were forgiven and to pick up his mat and go home, the religious scribes were offended and called Him a blasphemer rather than “seeing” the miracle! However, the people saw and believed. Matthew 9:8: Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
Lord, how many times have I seen Your faithfulness, and yet later doubted and feared from unbelief? Seeing should be believing…