WHEN SEEING IS BELIEVING

Scripture Reading: Genesis 45:25-28

“So they went up out of Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob. And they told him, ‘Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.’ And his heart became numb, for he did not believe this.” (Genesis 45:25,26)

There are some believers who are giants of faith. Joseph was one of them. We have seen how he had a constant growing trust in God and in God’s sovereignty. He saw how everything that happened in his life was related to God. But there are many believers, probably including most of us, who are more like Jacob.

There is no question that Jacob was a believer. But he was up and down in his faith. At times he was strong and gave glory to God. At other times he was weak and full of self-pity. When his sons came back from Israel and told Jacob the good news that Joseph was alive, he did not believe them.

For many the good news of the gospel is hard to believe. It is difficult for some to grasp that God loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son into the midst of human history and that Jesus took our sins upon Himself and died so that we could be set free from the guilt and punishment that sin deserves. This is such good news! But so many do not believe it. It is almost too good to be true.

There are several factors that took Jacob from his gloomy unbelief to joyful acceptance of the good news that Joseph was alive. Jacob heard the personal testimony of those who had experienced the reality of the good news they were bringing to Jacob. The brothers had been there and had personal experience. One of the great convincing proofs of the gospel is the personal testimony of those who have experienced it. Jacob was given an account of everything that had happened. The brothers told Jacob all that Joseph had spoken to them. But it wasn’t until Jacob saw the wagons that Joseph sent that he believed the report — “But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob was revived” (v. 27). Hence, we have the expression, “Seeing is believing.”

However, we must remember that faith is not based on sight — “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Believers fix their eyes on what is unseen — “For momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at things that 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” (II Corinthians 4:17,18). Jesus especially blesses those who have not seen and yet have believed — “Jesus said to him (Thomas), ‘Because you have seen Me have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed'” (John 20:29).

What about you? Do you believe the gospel? If so, are You are faithful witness of God’s glorious work in your life? Are you prepared to give testimony of what God has done for you through His Son Jesus Christ?

“Though you do not now see Him, you love Him. Though you do not see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (I Peter 1:8,9)

Lord Jesus, though I do not see You now, I love You. Though I do not see you now I believe in You and rejoice! Thank You for giving me the eyes of faith that enable me to see what is unseen and eternal.

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