2 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT)
For we live by believing and not by seeing.
Oh, Lord, how I want my eyes to be opened to You. I want to see others how You see them. I want to see myself how You see me. I want to know Your perfect plans. I want to see through eyes of unconditional love, eyes of grace, and eyes of compassion.
Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
Unfortunately, most of the time, I just can’t “see” it. So in the meantime, what do I do? God‘s perfect plan for my life is not rolled out before me like a treasure map. Life often seems more like a maze than a map. I have run slap dab into a dead end and had to retrace my steps to find another route. Sometimes I feel as if I am wandering in circles. Other times my way get shrouded in darkness, and I grope to make my way out. What then?
Reading this scripture last week was like a slap in the face. “Wake up, Amy, you don’t have to see to live, just trust Me.” Wow!
Isn’t that what Christianity is all about? Being a believer. Believing God works on my behalf even when I cannot see the results.
Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Can you believe it? This familiar scripture conveys so much! We must believe. “We live by believing and not by seeing.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Lord, forgive me for not living my life by faith.
In Mark chapter 9 we find the story of a father asking Jesus to heal his son who is plagued with seizures. Jesus says anything is possible if we believe. The father proclaims in verse 24, “…I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
Contemplate this scripture. What has God promised you? What does God‘s Word say about you? Do you believe him?
I think back to the story in last week’s blog, 2 Kings 6:8-23. Elisha didn’t see the armies of God surrounding him, yet he believed they were there. Do we want to be like the servant whose eyes were opened or do we want to be like the prophet who believed by faith? The story of the servant is a blessing and a wonderful story of the spiritual realm surrounding us, but upon further reflection, I desire to walk in faith whether I see or not.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
We can be among those who are blessed today. If only we will believe in Jesus without having to see Him with our physical eyes. Oh, I want to see Him! And, some day I will! But, in the meantime, I believe! Now, Lord, help me live everyday according to my faith in You.