John 2. Forum Discussion

Is seeing believing?

Is seeing believing?


The Bible shows us plenty of examples of people that saw, and then believed. That is what happened to the disciples in chapter 2.

In this chapter, Jesus performs the first of the seven miracles recorded in the Gospel of John. Jesus and his disciples were attending a wedding that had run out of wine for their guests. John writes that Jesus turned approximately 150 gallons of water into wine for the guests of the wedding.

The Bible says that the disciples believed because of what they saw:

“This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him. ” – John 2:11.

That is an important lesson for us to understand. Seeing God’s power is one of the ways that our belief is strengthened. Albert Einstein said, “My sense of God is my sense of wonder about the universe.”  If you want to feel more connected to God, try going for a walk in nature with no other puropse than to praise God and marvel at His creation.  

God uses signs to help us believe. People and events come in and out of our lives not out of some random sequence of events, but rather as part of God’s plan for us.

Jeremiah 29:11 says:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

There is rejoicing in heaven whenever somebody on earth obeys the Gospel.

Jesus is especially pleased with those that believe without seeing. Consider the following verse:

“Because you have seen Me, have you now believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” – John 20:29.

God knows our hearts. He wants us to always be working to soften our hearts and strengthen our faith.

The following scriptures highlight the importance of our hearts to God:

  • “Create in me a clean heart, God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” - Psalm 51:10.
  • “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. ” - Ezekiel 36:26.
  • “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” - Proverbs 4:23.
  • “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. ” - Mathew 5:8.

As we read the Bible, God wants us to receive the message with tender hearts:

“But the seed  in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word  with a good and virtuous heart, and hold it firmly, and produce fruit with perseverance.” – Luke 8:15.

There is no question that seeing is believing, especially when viewed through the eyes of someone with a pure heart.  However, seeing is not the only way that we can increase our faith.

Romans 10:17 tells us that we can increase our faith by increasing the amount of time that we spend reading the Bible:

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

If we desire an increased faith, we need to pay attention to how God is working in our lives. We also need to spend quality time in God’s word on a regular basis.

So then if we want to increase our faith, do we:

  1. Look for evidence of God working in our lives?
  2. Study the Bible more?

Why not do both?

As we study the Bible and search for God’s presence, we will not be disappointed.  If we diligently seek Him, we will find Him!

We will end today’s study with the following words of encouragement from the prophet Jeremiah:

“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13.

Comments

Michael

Because they were not showing reverence to God and using it as a place of worship. They were selling things for profit instead.

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Nancy

Maybe it would be appropriate to say Jesus turned the water into heaven's wine.

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