“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
Greetings fellow sojourners!
One method we typically use to confirm something is real is by the witness of our own eyes. We can see the car we are about to get into and trust it will reliably land us at our destination. We can also see the bed we are about to crawl into and trust it will support us properly all through the night. But what about love? Have we ever seen love itself? Perhaps we have seen love demonstrated between people but have you ever bumped into love in order to actually behold it? I think we would agree that just because we have never seen love in and of itself does not mean it does not exist. We can examine hope in the same way. What is interesting about hope is that if it is seen it is not hope at all. For who hopes for what he can already see?
What about a mirage? Have you ever seen a mirage in a desert or on a scorching highway? Does it appear like a pool of water exists in the distance but when you approach it you discover there is absolutely no water whatsoever? If we can’t always believe our own eyes as in this mirage example, can we then surmise our eyes can’t always see everything and therefore we can’t always believe what our eyes reveal as the whole truth? Sometimes things are revealed to our senses which we then assume most certainly is the case when in fact it is not. Our Spiritual life many times operates this way. Our eyes are vital for operating in the natural life but spiritual truths must be discerned spiritually. Lord, help us to be steadfast and make our way by faith and not merely by the way something appears.
If our eyes do not ALWAYS reveal the truth what then can we trust? Is that the most difficult question we ever ponder while in the flesh? If we are proud it will be difficult to admit when we do not know something. Truth is, we will not know everything. Period. There is a source, however, that we can always trust to inform us of the truth and that is God’s word.
Believe by faith regarding the truth and power of the Word, not by whether your fleshly eyes are able to validate it or not. Faith is what makes us sure of what we hope for, provides proof of what we cannot see, and most importantly wins God’s approval. (Hebrews 11:1-2) The revelation of our eyes is not faith, it is not hope, and it does not bring the same blessing (John 20:29).
We are told that righteousness demonstrates itself through faith (Hebrews 10:38) which does not rely on our eyes to witness Truth. An example of this can be seen in Noah’s life. Noah was warned about things not yet seen and believed in faith even though his eyes did not first behold a sign. He even spoke bold warnings to his peers because of his faith in what God would do (Hebrews 11:7).
Thank you, Lord for giving me faith. I ask for an increase in faith so that I can speak Your truth with even more boldness. Strengthen me to live by faith and hope which I do not require my eyes to reveal and to love even when I see no benefit. In the name, power, and authority of Jesus I ask and believe. Amen.
In His grace,