I love to fish, and if there is one thing fisherman do well, it’s exaggerating. The “fish-tale” is a common idiom for exaggeration of an actual event. I used to fish a lot more than I do now, but when I did, my friends and I would call each other to brag about the day’s fishing. Inevitably a potential whopper that suspends belief would spew out.
You’ve said it: “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Other variations are, “photograph of it or it didn’t happen,” and “where’s the vid?” Sometimes we hear things that seem so outrageous that we just can’t believe it until we see it. Our eyes and ears must have mutual confirmation for us to believe it. So, we demand proof.
18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.
Sometimes, we do see, yet we still do not believe. I am pretty sure that if an angel was standing in front of me, I would believe what he told me. Luke 1:12 says he was “gripped with fear,” so it’s not like he didn’t know who/what he was looking at. Yet, he asked for proof! That just blows my mind.
Sometimes someone will ask me to pray for something, and when the issue gets resolved they tell me that I don’t have to pray anymore because it worked out somehow. “SOMEHOW???” Just because things appear to be readily explainable by the natural does not mean it was devoid of the Supernatural God’s handiwork.
Sigh. Well, you know, I’m guilty of it too, and I’m sure you sometimes are too. Is it because we don’t believe in the divine miracle anymore? Is it because we have been desensitized to the work of the Holy Spirit? Is it because we’re afraid to accept that the work of God is actually the work of God?
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha
(2 Kings 6:15-17)
The battle was won. I wonder what the other soldiers, the ones whose eyes were not opened, thought of the events of that day. Did they attribute what they did see to the handiwork of God?
Father, help me to see you in everything that you touch, so that I can praise you before others.