Seeing Is Believing
Read: Matthew 6:22-23 & Psalm 119:105 & Matthew 7:7-11
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
(Matthew 6:22-23 ESV)
All of us want to know what God’s plan for our life is. But the truth is, God promises that His word to us will be a “lamp to our feet” (Psalm 119:105) rather than a set of sports stadium floodlights. The whole Bible makes it clear that seeing more of God, not His plan for us, is actually the core of our everyday faith. If we follow what we think at any given time is God’s “plan,” we can easily end up following “a plan”—that’s most likely wrong—rather than following Jesus.
Jesus explains that our eye is a “lamp for the body.” How we see affects what we see—and ultimately that affects what we believe and what we do. Jesus wants to focus our vision on the eternal and God, which is not seen with physical eyes but with spiritual eyes. And in Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus literally promises that the blessings of God will be given to us when we seek to see God at work in our lives—his hand in our relationships, our circumstances, or our personal successes and failures.
Seeking God is a kind of key that can unlock the mysteries of God and the grace of God in our lives. God does reveal his plan to us, step by step, but only after we first seek to see and experience more of him. When we see with the right lens, we’ll see things we would never otherwise see and our souls will be filled with the light and joy of God’s presence.
As Jesus warns us lovingly in the Sermon on the Mount, seeing rightly is the key to a right heart as we express our delight in God in good works or in prayer or in worship. And when we see rightly, we also will be protected from anxiety, self-righteousness and false teaching—and ultimately, we will be assured of our eternal salvation through the intimacy we have with God in every aspect of our lives.