I can certainly see. If we stepped outside and you asked me if I could see the leaves on that tree, I would say, “Yes.” But after 32 years of wearing glasses, I know that I may not be seeing those leaves as clearly as you are. It would depend upon how long since I’ve had my eyeglass prescription adjusted. Most of the time, my prescription has a small adjustment that’s not a big deal, but a couple of times a decade I have a large adjustment, and it’s like, “WOW! I can’t believe I can see SO much clearer!” Before a big adjustment to my glasses, I am certain that I can see the leaves, but after the adjustment, I can really see the leaves. I become more certain.
So, how can certainty grow? The leaves didn’t change; my sight changed. I became more certain about what the leaves looked like, because I could see more clearly.
Seeing Jesus can be like that. I have been certain that Jesus is my savior since I was a child. Jesus does not change- He’s our unmovable Rock- but at times, things happen in my life where I can see Him more clearly…
- Like the time as a child when I realized that the heart-stopping beauty of the world was a gift from God.
- Like the time as a teenager when I realized that tons of people were crucified by the Romans- not just Jesus. But, Jesus did more than just die. He took on the bottomless darkness of all our sins, and conquered sin and death through His resurrection.
- Like the time as a young mom when I realized I need not fear for my children, because Jesus loves them more than I do.
- Like the time as an almost empty-nester, when I realized God had called me to do more.
None of this changed my salvation- that had been sealed up in childhood. None of these things were new truths. I just began to see new things that were always there. I was seeing with new eyes. The result? My certainty about Christ grew.
Each of these, and perhaps a thousand more, are moments when the certainty of my faith in Christ led me to clear away more and more of the fog between me and Jesus, so I could see Him more clearly.
So many people think that seeing is believing, but I wish I could explain to you the certainty in my life that comes from loving and believing in someone I’ve never seen- my savior Jesus Christ. The Apostle Peter explains it so beautifully:
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9
Jesus has more wonders of who He is and what He has done for us than we can even believe. I wonder… I wonder what new thing about Jesus you will see next?
It seems to me that certainty grows by seeing things through new eyes- through Jesus’ eyes.