"Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes." Matthew 11:21
You have heard the saying- "seeing is believing"- that is not always the case. Jesus did many mighty works before the people and some of them still didn't believe. His works testified that He was who He said He was and they didn't believe. It is human nature to want to "see something". It is no different when it comes to our relationship with God. Have you ever prayed, "Show me a sign, Lord."; "Show me something."?
After the resurrection Jesus appeared to His disciples, all but Thomas who was not there with them. When the others told Thomas that Jesus had appeared to them, his reply was, "Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe." Thomas wanted to "see" it for himself. Jesus later appeared to Thomas and allowed him to see His hands and side. But His words to Thomas were-- "Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
Man's way is to want to see something. God's way is the way of belief without seeing. Faith believes even though it doesn't see. It is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. We want to "see" so that we will believe, God wants us to "hear" so that we will believe. "Faith comes by hearing. For we walk by faith, not by sight".
Faith based on sight is no longer faith. If you see it, you don't need faith to believe for it. This morning, is your faith based on what you "see" or what you "hear"? God puts more emphasis on hearing than on seeing. He also said there was a blessing that was attached to our faith when we believe even though we haven't seen. "Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
Have a great day. True faith is based on what it hears rather than on what it sees.
For further reading:
2 Corinthians 5:7
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