glasses of faith
Have you ever heard someone say the phrase, “Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing”? That line can be used in every aspect of life. Just because you don’t see something with your own eyes, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there, or that it doesn’t exist. That would be like being told by somebody it is cold outside and not ever believing it until you feel the cold yourself. It is also like someone telling someone that the ocean is real and them not believing it unless they felt the ocean breeze for themselves.
Those who only believe what they see are missing the bigger picture and missing the point.  People say they know God exists, but may not know how to find Him. People may believe that God is real even though they can’t and don’t see Him. Maybe sometimes people are afraid of believing in something they can’t see. Perhaps they are scared to believe in God because of the fact they can’t see Him.
Knowing God on a deeply personal level can help you get through anything that comes your way in life. He is there in the wind, water, sky and everywhere in between. You know He is there and you can feel His presence in everything you do.  When He answers your prayers, you feel His power at work in your life.
When He heals you or someone you love from sickness, it is often seen as a miracle. At times though, you may feel like He is far away, or not even listening to your cries. But, that lie is what causes you to doubt God and His ability to do awesome things in your life.
When Jesus walked on Earth, there were many skeptics. They didn’t believe that He was and is the Messiah, either. Many other skeptics don’t believe God exists. They think that Jesus is just some crazy person who thought that He really was the son of God. Many don’t believe that He died for all people on the cross, either.
Look at the story of doubting Thomas in the Bible.  The disciples told Thomas that Jesus had risen from the dead and to go and see the tomb for himself. However, Thomas didn’t believe that Jesus rose from the dead. He told the other disciples that unless he saw Jesus with his own eyes and put his fingers into the nail marks in Jesus’ hands and put his hand into His side, only then would he believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. The full story can be found in John 20:24-29.
People often think that there is no way that the miracles in the Bible happened because they never saw any of them with their own eyes back then or today. But they did happen. The cool thing is, you have to have the power to believe that what God does and what He says is true.
Just as kids believe in the things their parents tell them because they trust them, you can believe in God’s promises because you trust Him. The same thing holds true for anyone who is willing to trust God with their life. God can do amazing things in your life if you let go of your doubt and begin to trust Him. It takes much discipline and courage to let go of any doubt and trust in God through your circumstances. You can ask Him to help you continue to trust Him no matter how difficult things may be.
Also, another example is how kids don’t have to see the North Pole and Santa Clause to know that both exist. You shouldn’t have to see God to know that He exists either. Just because you may not see God in the flesh, doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist.
You should be able to feel His presence every day of your life. Kids don’t have to see the North Pole to know that it’s there. They just know. As a believer,  you can have that same mentality about God. He is omnipresent and omniscient, meaning He is always present and all-knowing. He knows what will happen before it ever happens.
You don’t have to be afraid to believe in God just because you can’t see Him with your eyes. You read the Bible and know deep in your heart that it’s true. You go to church and listen to the sermons. You worship Him and pray to Him even though you can’t see Him.
The same way kids write to and sing songs about Santa. You sing songs to and about God. Others teach your kids to believe in God even though no one can’t see Him. You can have fun learning new things about God in the same way you have fun with your children during Christmas time, baking cookies and putting milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve.
You tell them that they won’t get any presents unless they are sound asleep on Christmas Eve. Kind of like how you can say to people that prayer works in many different ways. However, if you don’t believe you will see the things that you are praying for actually happen, then they probably won’t happen.
As Christians, you can believe in the miracles of Jesus and in Him period. Otherwise, you are missing out on amazing opportunities to witness for Him and to talk about Him to other people. That is a tremendous honor. God is there whether you can see Him or not. It’s time you start listening to Him and believing in Him even though you can’t see Him. Believing is seeing. Believe in Him with all your heart.
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