“We think we comprehend our world through science and are convinced that our destiny is to create our own ‘worlds’ in the process,” I wrote in my book, My Origin, My Destiny.

“How little we ‘see,’ how arrogant our self–sufficient visions. At best, we are ‘seeing through a glass darkly,’ with eyes we received from Another, superintended by a brain we barely understand, in front of ‘a glass’ that generates more questions than answers every time we peer into it.”

The old axiom, “seeing is believing,” is so ingrained in most of us that we never question its veracity. But in the spiritual realm the reverse is true: “believing is seeing.”

It has taken most of my life to get that paradigm shift through my thick, data driven engineer’s skull. I wonder how many blessings I have missed out on because I first demanded physical confirmation before I would believe something the Bible declared to be true — sight unseen.

Jesus ran into people’s reluctance to take Him at His word all the time. Here is one example …

In John 11:11-38, Jesus’ longtime friend, Lazarus, had been stricken by a terminal illness. Jesus was informed about it, yet mysteriously He tarried for days before heading to Bethany to help Lazarus and his two sisters.

“This sickness is not meant for death, but is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it,” He explained to His followers.

By the time Jesus and His followers arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been in his grave four days.

His distraught sister, Martha, said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Jesus replied, “Your brother will rise from the dead.”

And He added what was to become one of scripture’s most enduring promises to dying believers throughout the ages since: “I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes in Me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”

“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you believe, (then) you will see the glory of God?’”

What followed was one of the greatest miracles in the Bible: “He (Jesus) cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ Out came the man who had died, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’”

In Hebrews 11:1-3, faith is described as “the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen.”

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 states “… while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

God wants us to “see” with our hearts, not with our eyes.

In Ephesians 1:18-19, the Apostle Paul draws a fascinating connection between our hearts, our spiritual eyes, and believing: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the boundless greatness of His power toward us who believe.”

Our hearts have “eyes,” spiritual ones, that can “see” the deeper truths of God — that is where true biblical “believing” originates, not in our heads!

I had it wrong for years, when I insisted on first gathering the evidence, analyzing the data, calculating the results, and then, and only then, would I believe. Trouble was it was all going on in my head — my heart was completely out of the picture.

But when Jesus instructed Martha, “if you believe, (then) you will see,” He elevated true biblical belief to a commitment of the heart made prior to the manifestation of visual evidence. In a way, Jesus was asking Martha, “what do you want to happen?”

Paul echoed this thought in Romans 10:9-10:

“… for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

How About You?

Are you still listening to the voice of your “inner skeptic” demanding proof? St. Anselm of Canterbury, once explained: “I do not seek to understand in order that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand.”

We have a God who reveals Himself to inquiring, invested hearts and minds. As written in Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He proves to be One who rewards those who seek Him.”

D.C. Collier is a Bible teacher, discipleship mentor and writer focused on Christian apologetics. A mechanical engineer and internet entrepreneur, he is the author of My Origin, My Destiny, a book focused on Christianity’s basic “value proposition.” Click here for more information, or contact him at don@peervalue.com. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

D.C. Collier

D.C. Collier

D.C. Collier is a Bible teacher, discipleship mentor and writer focused on Christian apologetics. A mechanical engineer and internet entrepreneur, he is the author of My Origin, My Destiny, a book focused on Christianity’s basic “value proposition.” Click here for more information, or contact him at don@peervalue.com. The opinions expressed are his own.