What Really Matters

My grandfather (and many others, no doubt) used to turn a particular phrase that I still remember to this day:

Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.

Other similar phrases that we often hear bandied about are these: “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and “seeing is believing.”

I believe that my grandfather’s phrase was nearer the truth (although not theologically correct by a long shot – not even close!). Biblically speaking, seeing is not believing; in fact, the opposite is usually true – faith almost always precedes perception.

And how does the Bible define faith? Well, Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) provides a pretty clear answer:

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Also, according to this passage from 2 Corinthians 4, the only things that matter (and endure) from a spiritual perspective are those which completely bypass our human perceptions:

Meditate on that, friends. Seeing is not everything!

5 thoughts on “What Really Matters

  1. And although we cant see God,He is visible in everything. That was crystal clear in my day today. Something I had been dreading, and quite honestly telling myself “I” had been putting it off. I can see so clearly that God was nudging me to the right day, at the right time, so that everything would go smoothly. God bless you :):)

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    1. Praise God that things ended up working out so well for you, my friend!

      I’ve learned that as we follow the Lord, He will make us confront our fears – even the seemingly small ones. It’s not easy, but in the end I think we’re better off. 😀

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