I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. – 2 Chronicles 9:6a
The Queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon because of the many great and wonderful things she’d been told of him by her people. She had to come to Israel to find out for herself just how true it was. She left surprised that Solomon’s wisdom exceed her expectations and the stories she’d been told. She told him that seeing was believing. She lacked faith in believing the things her people told her.
So often we hear people in this world state that seeing is believing. Oh how sad it is that people just don’t have faith even in the littlest of things. They sit in a chair and expect it to hold them up and not fall down. They work in skyscrapers that reach into the heavens and expect them to hold them up and not come crashing down to the earth. These actions of trust are putting faith in inanimate objects to do what they are supposed to do, but these same people refuse to trust in a God they cannot see. They trust the laws of gravity, an invisible force, to hold them down to the ground and prevent their being thrown into space, yet they won’t trust in the God of heaven who created space and put into place the force of gravity keeping them safe and sound here on earth.
The Hebraic author told us that it takes faith to please God to trust in him because he is an invisible Spirit. Our five senses created by this God of heaven often lie to us because they tell us that if it’s not empirical and can be quantified, then it must not be real. Thus, we have to go beyond the physical and into the supernatural or spiritual when it comes to matters of God and heaven. God does exist! The very creation around demonstrates his handiwork along with its complexity that man vainly tries to detail and explain away but cannot. It takes trusting in God to know God. So, yes, faith is the opposite of seeing is believing. Even Jesus told Thomas that he was blessed for believing he was the risen Messiah after seeing his hands and putting his hand in Jesus’ side, but how much more he blessed are those that believe and have not seen!
Father, thank you for giving me the gift of eternal life with you through the shed blood of Jesus and the gift of grace that comes by faith. It is not a work of man but a gift only from you that prevents man from being able to earn or work for his eternal inheritance. In this way you receive all glory and honor and power for and from the salvation of mankind. For this I am eternally grateful and indebted to you and to Jesus and to the Holy Spirit. You, all, played a tremendous part in my being saved from damnation. I trust your will to be done on the earth through me, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.