Now Jericho [a fortified city with high walls] was tightly closed because [of the people’s fear] of the sons of Israel; no one went out or came in. The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and the mighty warriors.
JOSHUA 6:1-2 AMP
“See!” We usually say or hear this when something occurs according to what we or someone else predicted right after the prediction was questioned or ridiculed. We just “knew” that something was going to happen, so when it does, we look at those doubters and say, “See, I told you so!”
What I love about passages like the one above, however, is that God tells the listener, “See!” before the physical evidence matches the promise. Joshua was outside the highly fortified walls of Jericho when God told him, “See, I have given it to you.” God had already promised Joshua Jericho was his, and He had already shown Joshua through the report of the two spies that the men of Jericho were afraid. The only thing missing was the physical evidence to match the promise. But Joshua knew–and we must remember–in God’s Kingdom, what God promises, God delivers. What God promises we can see in faith even if–and especially when–our physical eyes cannot.
Gideon was a man who seemed to love to question God. When God called him out of the winepress, he asked, “Are you sure?” When God told him to take Midian, he asked God for a sign. But when push came to shove, so to speak, Gideon went forth trusting in God’s “See!” He trusted it so much he told his 300 men (that’s 300 men about to attack an army “as countless as the locusts”), “Arise, for the Lord has given the camp of Midian into your hand”
Judges 7:15 AMP).
Yes, you read that correctly. Only 300 men against an army too numerous to count, yet Gideon saw the victory because God had promised the victory. And the victory he saw in faith soon became a victory in sight. Not because of anything Gideon did, but because of what God did through Gideon.
Second Corinthians 5:7 reminds us, “…we walk by faith, not by sight.” Although life would at first seem simple if we didn’t have to believe before seeing, our relationship with God would be shallow. A deeper relationship with God is not possible when our feet can still touch bottom. Faith comes when we can’t see or feel the bottom, but we know it’s there because God says it is.
So I ask you today, what has God promised you? If you are not sure, look in His word. His word is full of promises, and He is the Promise Keeper. If you do know what God has promised–whether it be the salvation of a family member, the health of a loved one, a new job, the purchase of a new home, or the selling of an old–whatever it is God has previously told you He would do–you can continue walking forward knowing He not only will do it, but also He has already done it. See, He has given it into your hands. Yes, see! What you see in faith you will soon see in sight. But don’t take my word for it; take His.
Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality–faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
Hebrews 11:1 AMP