Seeing supposedly is believing. "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you simply will not believe." (John 4.48)
Who hasn't longed for some convincing sign or event? Something tangible and undeniable that would forever ground faith and belief? But, signs are worthless against an attitude of unbelief. If unbelief requires a sign or miracle, then it will never be overcome even by the greatest miracle. Simple faith must prevail over skepticism.
Abraham is respected as the epitome of faith. "Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness." (Genesis 15.6) Basic faith preceded the unfolding of great and miraculous things.
The second recorded miracle of Jesus involved the faith of a man whose son was mortally ill. He implored Jesus to come and heal His Son, but instead heard these words: "Go, you son lives." (John 4.50). His response is instructive: "The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started off." He believed, and then saw a miracle. Believing was seeing, not the commonly-assumed opposite.
A faith attitude sees amazing possibilities. It sees the miracle of bold empowering to proclaim and demonstrate the Good News of Jesus and the coming kingdom. It sees perseverance and godly character formed in our life as we yield to Spirit power, and devote ourselves to disciplines such as Bible study, prayer, service, and fellowship with like-minded believers. It sees victory over negative and destructive habits.
Demanding that a great sign or miracle overwhelm our unbelief is an exercise in futility. Seeing is NOT believing, but believing truly IS seeing. As we open eyes of faith, tremendous possibilities unfold before us.
©Steve Taylor, 2017 --Used by permission