“Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. They soon forgot his works; they waited not for his counsel; but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert and he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul” (Psalm 106:12-15).
Give an average person the option of losing one of the five senses and you will find the most by a significant margin will hold onto sight above all others. We value sight and justifiably so, it has been said that ninety-five percent of what we learn we learn by what we see, therefore sight is important, but it is not the be all to end all. The Apostle Paul reminds us of the faith of Moses in the desert of Midian; “He endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). Exactly the opposite was true of the Children of Israel during their exodus for Egypt into the Promised Land.
“Then they believed his words.” They did not believe until after they had seem the physical manifestations of God working in their favor—when they saw Him work, then they believed. God performed several miracles through Moses before Pharaoh agreed to “let them go” from Egypt, the greatest being Pharaoh’s agreement. “They soon forgot His works,” with little regard for the things God had done they continued to doubt Him, even more so when they came to the Red Sea. Persisting in their doubt, only after when God opened the way and led them across and they saw Pharaoh and his army drowned—“then they believed.”
They endured only when things were going well, more often than not they relied upon things that appealed to their physical senses, instead of resting in and on the invisible and eternal God. Today, there are many would-be-believers who live a roller-coaster like Christian life. Why? Because they are pre-occupied with the world, caught up in and victims of circumstances, instead of living a Christ centered life in God. God does not need us to believe, He wants us to believe and believe more, to see Him in all of His magnificent creations, large and small.
Too many Christian lead an up and down life because their kind of faith is similar to the faith of the Children of Israel; a faith dependent upon circumstances. I am fully persuaded this is not the kind of faith Jesus wants us to have in him or the Father. “Seeing is believing,” is a common expression and too many take it as an absolute, but God wants us to believe to see. The Psalmist said, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13). Do you believe God only when the circumstances are in your favor, or do you believe Him regardless of what the circumstances may be?
There is no patience as hard as that which endures, “as seeing him who is invisible,” it is the waiting for hope. God has revealed to us through Christ Jesus that a soul may see nothing but sorrow in the cup and yet may refuse to let it go, convinced that the eye of the Father sees further than its own. “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith” (Galatians 5:5). Strive to be one of those—so few—who walk by faith and not by sight with an ever-present consciousness—morning, noon, and night—that the invisible presence which Christians call God is the Creator of both the visible and invisible things. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- By Faith Not By Sight (thethirdcross.wordpress.com)
- The Parting Of The Red Sea – Exodus 14 (answersfromthebook.org)