Believing is Seeing

Jane Douglass White

READ : James 2:25-26, Numbers 14:2-9


When the Israelites came to the border of Canaan, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the land. They returned with beautiful produce, saying the land was good. Ten spies said the people were too strong to conquer. Only Caleb and Joshua believed God would bring them into the promised land. Everyone else wanted to return to Egypt’s slavery, rather than risk entering the land.

Ten spies came back, seeing only the giants, feeling defeated and powerless. But Caleb and Joshua came back believing, not in their own strength, but in God’s promise. They were the only ones who finally entered Canaan (v. 30). To the world, seeing is believing; to a believer, believing is seeing.

When in college, I was offered a job as organist at an Episcopal church. Because the ritual was different from my church, I was afraid. The vicar said, “You are an excellent organist. I know you can do well. If you fail to take this risk now, it will be easier to avoid risks the next time and the next.” I chose to take the job and it turned out very well. He taught me a valuable lesson.


Father, help me to know that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In His dear name. Amen.