Believing Is Seeing
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Before the pioneering work of British surgeon Joseph Lister, it was thought that “bad (infected) air” was the cause of spreading diseases in hospitals. Surgeons operated without sterile hands or instruments. Lister discovered that carbolic acid was an effective disinfectant for hands, wounds, and surgical instruments. His work increased the understanding of the role of germs in spreading, and preventing, disease.
Germs couldn’t be seen, but their effects could be. Survival of patients was “the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). And that is what faith is. We cannot apprehend faith with our senses, but we can definitely see its evidence. We see the world that exists and believe God created it (Hebrews 11:3). We can see the changes in our lives and believe the power of God is responsible (John 9:25). We pray and believe God answers our prayers (James 1:6). Like Abraham, we trust God’s words and believe we are made righteous in His sight (Genesis 15:6).
Don’t let faith be a stumbling block. Faith is ultimately dependent on the object of faith—in our case, God and His words. Place your faith in the God you cannot see—believing is seeing.
At the end of the day, faith means letting God be God.