Written by James A. Frost
When all is quiet… and time
is given to Him completely,
God whispers His secrets
ever so sweetly.
His radiance shines, and the
normally unseen is in view.
It is in believing, and so graciously
His love comes through.
The veiled becomes the unveiled…
joy fills me to overflowing.
Out of the vast into which my
heart dares enter, is nearness growing.
This is faith’s crowning point,
the beauty my eyes are seeing.
Scarce breathing, He is
such an infinite lovely being!
Filled, as only He can fill us,
when things are right.
His glorius manifestations
will forever star my day and night.
Only to follow wherever He leadeth,
knowing HE is my greatest gain.
His love permits my pain,
He is the rainbow after the rain.
Believing is Seeing
At Ripley’s Believe it or Not, their slogan is “seeing is believing.” However, a psychological study (see below) now finds that “Believing is seeing.” Marshall McLuhan once said “I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it.” In John 20:24-29 we read
“Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
“Ripley’s and folk wisdom may declare that “seeing is believing,” but new scientific research suggests also that “believing is seeing,” – at least when it comes to perceiving other people’s emotions.
An international team of psychologists from the United States, New Zealand and France has found that the way we initially think about the emotions of others biases our subsequent perception (and memory) of their facial expressions. So once we interpret an ambiguous or neutral look as angry or happy, we later remember and actually see it as such.
The study, published in the October issue of the journal Psychological Science, “addresses the age-old question: ‘Do we see reality as it is, or is what we see influenced by our preconceptions?'” said coauthor Piotr Winkielman, professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego. “Our findings indicate that what we think has a noticeable effect on our perceptions.”
I find this an interesting scientific study. The reason I find it intersting is that science dances all around God’s truth and yet cannot see it. However, that is not surprising because in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 we read…
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”
The world often says that “Seeing is believing.” In the Bible we, as Christians, understand that “Believing is indeed seeing.” Read Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Also, 2 Corinthians. 4:18: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Christians outlook should always be through faith. Harry Emerson Fosdick said, “It is cynicism and fear that freeze life; it is faith that thaws it out, releases it, sets it free.”
Romans 1:17 is sort of a summary of Paul’s message to the Church at Rome. It changed Martin Luther’s life and ours, as well: “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: `The righteous will live by faith’.” Lauterbach quotes Luther as saying, “When I learned that the righteousness of God is his mercy, and that he makes us righteous through it, a remedy was offered to me in my affliction” (Luther’s Works, volume 54, Table Talk).
Philippians 4:8 tells us “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” The psychological study proves that how we see things are determined by what we beleive. So, through God’s Word, and now validated by “science,” we, as believers should feel blessed to live and see by faith. Believing is indeed seeing.