August 9: Seeing

What am I seeing and not believing? Jeremiah gives us a picture of God who is heartbroken. Look at all that God has done for the people of Israel and like an unfaithful spouse they have had affairs with other gods. They don’t even see the coming destruction and how God could be their refuge. Jeremiah sees and tries to get the attention of the people so they can see as well. But the people refuse to believe what can be seen.

And what do I believe that cannot be seen? Lazarus is raised from death. Resurrection is not just an idea whose time will come long after we all have died. Resurrection can happen and does happen in real time. But for what purpose? Jesus says, “If you believe, you will see the glory of God” (John 11:40). Many see the signs and do not believe. Others believe and end up seeing. How cool is that?!

I recall a verse that we read just a month ago. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) What could I see today that I could not see if I did not believe?

Today’s readings: Jeremiah 3-4; John 11

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