I often hear the quote ‘Seeing is Believing’. But it seems to me a rather cynical way of looking at the world; to say that I have to see something first, before I am prepared to believe it. It’s the easy option. Hebrews 11:1 tells us “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”
I used to have the habit of saying “huh, I’ll believe it when I see it!” (usually accompanied by an eye-roll, when sunny weather was forecast for Northern Ireland)
Rather than “I’ll believe it when I see it”, we Christians live by “I’ll see it when I believe it” and “Believing is Seeing”
Seeing is Believing….
When a pilot flies, he uses the horizon as his primary reference; going by what he can see – it’s easy to tell if you’re upside-down or flying skew when you can clearly see the ground and sky. This visual referencing is known as VFR – Visual Flight Rules. This, to me is a bit like “Seeing is Believing”. It sounds to me like the easier option.
Versus Believing Is Seeing
In bad weather conditions when the pilot can’t see more than a couple of feet around the outside of the cockpit it’s not just as easy to navigate using his natural senses. The pilot’s eyes could easily deceive him in these circumstances – he might think he knows for certain which way is up, but he can’t rely on what his senses tell him. In these conditions the pilot has to rely on IFR – Instrument Flight Rules, using the plane’s built in flight navigation instruments.
Pilots are trained to trust their plane’s built in instruments in bad weather conditions, whatever their own eyes and ears may be telling them. This, to me sounds more like “Believing is Seeing”!
Our Built in IFR
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.
Paul urges us here to live by faith, not by what we see. (or think we see) It’s not easy to ignore feedback from your senses when you are convinced you know which way is up, but our natural senses can’t perceive the subtleties of Heavenly realms.
God has place spiritual IFR in us – a built in navigation system that can be trusted in any storm, bad weather or darkness. It’s called Faith.
Faith is a Gift
Faith is a gift, given to us by God. But so many Christians have left theirs lying, still in its “gift wrapping”, if you like, because the recipient doesn’t quite know what to do with it.
Our faith won’t grow, expand and develop if we won’t step out of our comfort zones and use this precious gift. It would be a bit like a pilot that will only ever fly in daylight and when good weather is forecast, so that he never has to rely on his IFR.
I like to see faith, in a way as an added ‘sense’; the one that kicks in when we become a Believer in Jesus and enables us to ‘see’ and experience the truths of God that our physical senses are not able to perceive. We can’t navigate through this life on our own, but we don’t have to – with our Almighty, All-Powerful God leading us by His Spirit, we can move forward with absolute confidence and trust.
Faith is the willingness to just take that next step, and then the next, even when we can’t see the road ahead. Why? Because even though we may not what tomorrow holds, we know the One who holds all of our tomorrow’s right in the palm of His hand!
Will you trust Him today, even if (especially if) you can’t see?
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