Believing Is Seeing

Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave.  It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.  Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.  Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.  Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

John 11:38-40

There is a famous saying that says “seeing is believing.”  There is some truth to that statement.  When we see something, it does make it much easier to believe.  That is just a natural thing common to all men.  But Jesus gives Martha a slightly different way of doing things.  He told her “if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God.”

In Christianity, there are many things that would seem to the natural man like a paradox.  “The last shall be first” would be one of them.  We would think that seeing the glory of God would lead us to believe.  But it is actually the other way around.  We believe and then we see the glory of God.

Faith is a cornerstone of Christianity.  Hebrews 11:6 tells us “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  We need to believe Him.  Then, and only then, we will see the glory of God.

Do we have that kind of faith today?  Do we have the faith to be able to truly see the glory of God?  Martha believed and she saw the glory of God manifested by the raising of the dead.  While we may not see anything quite like that, we can, through faith, truly see the glory of God in our lives.

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