I wanted to share an excerpt from a book I am working on. This is from a chapter titled “Not by Sight.” Hope you enjoy it and are encouraged by it…
“Now faith is the assurance or the confirmation, of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality; faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.” (Hebrews 11:1 AMP) The writer of Hebrews goes on to instruct us that “without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must necessarily believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 AMP) So it is then, if we do not walk by faith, we cannot take a deeper walk with our Lord. But faith is hard isn’t it?
We want to see and know before we act, so that when we act, we can have confidence and conviction in the outcomes of our actions. But God expects us who walk by faith to walk in such a way that indicates to Him that we know and have conviction that the actions He is leading us in are indeed His good purposes for our lives, so that when we look back and actually see our steps, we will see the great provision and providence of the Mighty Hand of God. This is the proof of what we do not see. We know the One we hope in, that He is good and faithful and that He will never let us go. Never! And we know that this One sees what we do not, and so we put faith in Him to be the One Who sees for us as we walk.
So why is there such a struggle with faith then? It’s our eyes. They get in the way. They only see what is, but they do now see what God sees.
In my own life, my eyes have seen a lost job and what this meant for my family, and fear entered my heart. But God saw an opportunity to teach me to know Him and to trust Him as my provider as He provides for our every need. My eyes saw a pile of debt from a failed business venture, and my heart said, “there is no hope, I will always be a slave to debt.” But God saw an opportunity to teach me how to be a good steward of His great provisions, and how only He can set me free. My eyes saw my 6 year old son, with a serious bone infection in his jaw laying in a bed prepped for surgery, and fear gripped my whole being, and the “what ifs” began to creep into my mind. “What if it’s cancer? What if he dies?” But God saw an opportunity to teach me that He is our great physician and that He would guide the surgeon’s hand and that He would guide the doctor’s treatment because He loves that 6 year old boy more than I can ever grasp or understand. Today, my eyes see my 12 year old son adjusting to his braces, which are necessary to correct for the tooth that fell out of his jaw during that surgery 6 years earlier. And I look back and I see His great provision and His providence and I am confident in and convinced by the One I hope in, know that His eyes see what mine cannot.
These are some of the life lessons that my loving Heavenly Father has so richly used to teach me that my walk with Him is not by sight. So what do your eyes see? Do you see a broken relationship full of pain and sorrow? God sees an opportunity to bring healing and restoration and joy. Do you see a terminal illness that swallows hope like a black hole? God sees an opportunity to display the glory of His eternal sovereignty, and that nothing surprises Him. Nothing! He sees an opportunity to be your strength to persevere, and if He wills, to be your physical healing. But more than this to be the healer of your soul. Do your eyes see emotional pain that is so deep that no drug, no drink, no food, no pleasure, no escape, and no high is ever enough to quench it? God sees an opportunity to give you of Himself so that you will grow to the knowledge and understanding that He is all sufficient.