At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” (Luke 10:21-24, NRSV)
One of my favorite movies quotes is from The Santa Clause 2, “Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing.”
You see I have seen the Statue of Liberty disappear, but it didn’t really. I have seen magical wonders. I have seen my youngest daughter float in the air off of a table by a magician. I don’t believe it. But I saw it.
I do believe that God will keep the promises He has given me. And I’ve never “seen” God. But because His truth has been revealed to me through the word and the community I have seen Him and know His promises are real.