Seeing is believing. I've heard that phrase all of my life and I'm sure most of you have as well. If we see it with our own eyes, we believe it but can we always trust our own eyes?
This morning, I was reminded once again that you cannot always believe what you see. I'd gone online to do a routine check on a bank account. As my eye ran down the list of transactions which had taken place over the past few days, I suddenly gasped in horror. Some transactions were missing amounting to hundreds of dollars. I looked back up at the account balance and gasped again. If those transactions hadn't been deducted yet, then I was in big trouble.
I looked at the column of transactions again frantically looking for the missing transactions. They weren't there but... OH NO! Did I see some red numbers in the balance on Thursday? What? Why hadn't I noticed that last week. I'd been overdrawn? I couldn't have been overdrawn. Surely I would have noticed that! Did I... did I forget to pay those bills? With the way my brain is nowadays, it is entirely possibly but no, I'd gotten email confirmations that these had been paid. Hadn't I? Or did I just think I did?
My heart sank. What had I done? I thought everything was okay but the evidence before me, what I saw said otherwise. Oh boy, I was in for it now. Bills that hadn't been paid, an account balance lower than what I thought it was, overdraft fees... and I'm not working at the moment. GULP! What was I going to tell my husband? Obviously I'd made some sort of horrible mistake in my calculations.
I had to be off to get some blood work done so I would have to tackle this problem later. Sigh... With a pounding and heavy heart, I headed off for my appointment.
As I left the clinic, a gentle voice nudged me, suggesting that I call my bank's automated phone system. Why? I could just check things when I got home but the nudge didn't go away. I dialed the number and was greeted with a message announcing that the online banking system was malfunctioning and a number of transactions were not showing up. The system was being worked on to correct the error but in the meantime, you could check the automated phone system as that was correct. I did exactly what it told me to do and discovered... my missing transactions. The account balance was still the same but now those transactions were showing up as having been paid. I was right. I had paid those bills and all was well.
By the time I got home, the problem had been corrected on line as well. Much to my delight, while the balance did not change, the missing transactions appeared and... the red numbers in the balance column had vanished. I'd not been overdrawn, my bills were paid, the numbers matched my figures and all was well.
We say that seeing is believing but sometimes what we are seeing is not the Truth. It is false. As Christians, we want to believe every claim but the truth of the matter is, we cannot simply believe something because someone says it is true. We must hold it up against the Word of God. Not just a verse here and there but up against the whole Word of God. That is our standard, our measure of truth.
There are a lot of claims out there. There are a lot of people saying they have a word from the Lord. There are a lot of people talking about revelations, prophesies, dreams, etc but we need to be careful. You see, while God certainly can and does speak to us today, the enemy does too.
1 John 4:1 says: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone into the world. We need to make sure what we are saying is of God. It is not enough to think it is... we must know it is.
By the way, we need to remember that anyone who prophesies something that does not come to pass is a false prophet. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. A true prophet of God does not say, "Oops, I messed up on that one. Hmm... oh, I got it now. What I really meant was..." The test of a true prophet of God is quite clear in Deuteronomy 18:20-22. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Folks, someone who does this is a false prophet and you need to get away from them immediately! Seeing (and hearing) is not always believing. May we always seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in everything we hear, say or do.
Right on! Yes, Kreynolds, we must test everything against what His Word says and not what seems to be truth. I have found that now I ask the Lord to keep me from error as I read Christian books (not fiction - I don't read them) because sometimes it seems like the truth, but I want to make sure it is.
Thank you for bringing this truth up today.
Amen, K ~ we can't always believe our eyes, or our ears, or anything in the senses realm. But we can rely on God to be who He says He is and to do what He says He will do. I know whom I have believed... blessings, blest