They say that seeing is believing. But believing is seeing in a new way and leads to action.
Throughout this long journey through leukemia, my dear bride has consistently demonstrated her loving devotion to me. She has encouraged me, comforted me, cared for me, and gently loved me. Sometimes she has pushed me when I needed to push forward. I have always known her love. But seeing this tender expression of devotion over the past year and a half of struggles is a ‘believing’ moment. And we always act on belief. And so I am led to love her more and to draw closer to her.
In a magnified way, God has been faithful to “show up” each and every day through this experience. His mercy has been sufficient for even the toughest of times. Of course, I knew of his greatness and faithfulness before I became ill. I knew His Word is always true and applicable for the needs of life. But seeing is believing in a deeper way. Since I know he is faithful and that His Word is true and beneficial, and I have seen it to be poured out in the darkest of circumstances, it only makes sense to TRUST God and depend on his Word for daily living. Seeing is believing and believing always leads to action. If we don’t act on what we believe, then our beliefs are diluted by fear or selfish ambition or pride.
God tells us to walk by faith, not by sight. In other words, don’t get so caught up in the things we see in this world, but lean on Him for those things that are yet unseen or not clearly seen.
Believing is also seeing. Our belief allows us to see ourselves and others through God’s eyes. Because we believe Him to be faithful we can see our circumstances differently, as events that shape us but not control us. Because we believe, we can see the fruits of a faithful life are more rewarding than the spoils of a selfish one. Believing we see the world differently, through God’s eyes. What do you want to see today?