Jean Piaget, a psychology scholar, performed a seminal experiment leading to the description of a particular idea; young children, before understanding counting, volume or other measurements, can mistake a bigger value in space to indicate a larger number (see today’s illustration). In short, understanding the world around you takes training and consideration, more than just what we know by instinct.

Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:13-18

Don’t trust your eyes. They can trick you. Not everything that is evident is reliable and not everything you observe is what it seems. When we look to our experiences and the truth that we seek, we must often speak from what we know instead of what we see.

Spiritually, this means sometimes putting aside doubt and distraction entirely and speaking what we believe, knowing that the time is coming when all will be corrected and knowing that we individually are still growing day by day.

Ethan Kirl

Originally Published July 26, 2021