preferred sense: hearing or seeing?

I've been impressed recently with Psalm 44 and its parallel to Job 42:5.

"O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old:" (Psalm 44:1, esv).

The singers go on to say things such as "But now it seems you have forsaken us" and other such complaints. They longed for God to show His presence and power to them personally.

As I work in the sphere of Christian education, my burden is that so often we "hear" about God and all the things He's done...for other people...and yet we have not "seen" Him for ourselves and made Him a real part of our own life experiences.

Sometimes seeing God work takes more than we're willing to suffer. Look at all Job went through before he could finally say,

"I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;" (Job 42:5, esv).

Whatever it takes, Lord--whatever it takes--make me to see You and not just hear of You, and may students see You both through me and for themselves. Amen.

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