Is faith blind?

 spectaclesNow faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrew.11:1

This is the first verse that comes to our minds when we think of faith. The chapter goes on to list all the fathers of faith who did awesome things simply by having faith in God. Verse 6 explains how faith works: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” This little faith they had moved mountains, endured hardships, split the Red Sea, obtained promises, concurred lands and became victorious in battle. 

Was this faith blind? Was it just a pure day dream and simple hope on luck? No; this faith is confident and assured that what God has promised, that He will do. Yes, we do not see it yet, just as an athlete doesn’t see the finish line at the beginning of the race, but he hopes and believes that there is a finish line and runs towards it. If faith was blind, it would fall at every pitfall it comes across its path, but the Holy Spirit guides its steps and faith leaps over the pitfalls and stumbling blocks stood on its way. Faith doesn’t stop at every cross road, to determine whether that was really the finish line, it knows fully well what it should look like and sees the distractions along her path long ahead to leap over them. So faith is not blind, in contrast faith is where we have the clarity of vision! Faith is the ability to see clearly that which is not seen by physical eyes. 

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians.4:18

If faith is that spectacle that clarifies our vision, why shouldn’t we get it?

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.” – Matthew.17:20. How faithless are we when we doubt God? If only we had that ONE mustard seed! May God help us believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, Amen. 

 

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Frustrated hope

We all have things we hope for. Hope to do this and do that, hope to have this or that; more like wishful thinking. And if we are Christians we have a hope that’s spiced up with a bit of believing so it can be called faith. However the Bible describes faith this way:

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrew.11:1

“6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrew.11:6

The hope that we have in Jesus is more than the material world that we see around us. We often pray and hope about situations and people, yet when we see that nothing has changed, we get frustrated. The Bible says: 

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
 but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” – Proverbs.13:12

It also says: 

“19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” – Hebrew.6:19-20

What then? Should our frustrations dominate the way we see situations/people? I learnt that we only ought to love no matter what, even when things don’t go as we hoped or expected them to be. 

I had a chat with a good friend of mine this weekend. They just had a baby girl after many years of marriage and it was such a blessing to see the joy in their eyes. He said to me, “If there is one thing we have learnt through all this, it’s that Father God is always good, even in the NOs.” 

Well then, I say we embrace His goodness and trust His faithfulness.

Lighthouse- Philippa Hanna

Its amazing how God works and speaks in many ways. I have recently been getting anxious about my future, about what will happen in 2, 3 years time? I have been asking God, “but Lord, how will this happen? What am I going to do? What will it be like?” The truth is, it’s not for me to know, I just have to trust the God who knows, Omniscient God. 

Just earlier, I spoke to a friend and she sent me this song- Lighthouse, by Philippa Hanna. Its one of the songs in her new album- Through the woods. I decided to read up the story behind the song, as it says,

Jesus- my Lighthouse!

“so I send signal flare into the sky

You see me there You shine Your light

I see the flicker and my heart awakens

like the beating of a drum

Out in the distance, on the horizon

Like the rising mid-night sun

 

And You paint the night the color of dawn

And I know I’ll make it home

I’ll be safe and sound upon the sand

With a washed up diamond in my hand….

 You can read the background of the song here- http://philippahanna.com/blog/lighthouse-out

It was very encouraging for me to know, that though I feel like lost in the middle of the sea of life, God has created this little tunnel for me, where He is showing me little by little with each step I take. Like a torch light basically. I just have to continue to trust Him. 

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrew.11:1

In the mean time, I have to keep holding on to what He has promised me, 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah.29:11