Seeing Isn't Believing

I feel like I’ve been waiting a lot lately and to be honest, I’m not even sure what I’m waiting for. It just seems that something, anything, besides what’s happening should be happening.

I keep waiting for God to do something miraculous and it’s not like I’m needing a miracle right now. It’s more so that I need less of the mundane, everyday. I need less of me and what I can produce and more of Him and what He is known for.

I want to see something. I guess what I want, if I’m being honest, is a show. I’m sitting here like some ticket holder, parked in my mezzanine seat, waiting for the Jesus Show to begin. I want to see Him do something. I want to believe in something right now.

Problem is, seeing isn’t believing.

We’ve heard it so many times: I’ll believe it when I see it. We’re taught to think that way–that the proof is in the pudding, that nothing is anything until it has been visually verified.

But God thinks this is nonsense. He came to shame the wise, remember? He isn’t a showman. He isn’t here to perform for me. He wants nothing to do with letting me see so that I might believe. No, He does the opposite…

God says, seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.

You want to see me, Nicole? Well then, believe.

You want to feel more of me, know more of me, gain more of me?


…and then you shall see.

And isn’t this the truth we see played out in our lives and in our faith? That the more we believe the more visible He becomes? Jesus is never more real to me than when I have placed my trust in Him, while being blinded to the future outcome. If I could see down the road, dare I say, I might never believe.

We walk by sight? No, we walk by faith, not by sight…

Seeing isn’t believing.

Those in love with Jesus don’t have the luxury of waiting around to see before they choose to believe. We have to believe first.

I’ll believe it when I see it.

No, I’ll believe, then I’ll see.

I’ll see Him.

What have you struggled to believe in lately? Have you been waiting to see God do something?

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Nicole Cottrell is trained in the fine art of button-pushing. She uses her skills daily on Modern Reject where she writes about the intersection of faith and culture as well as the unpopular stuff no one else likes to talk about. Nicole is a speaker, writer, discipler, and coffee fanatic. She and her husband planted the Foundation, a network of house churches in Arizona. Nicole lives in Scottsdale with her husband and two little munchkins, three of the coolest and funniest people she knows.