I’m currently reading Hebrews 11 as a guideline to read the mentioned Stories.
I am rocked at how much faith has to do with seeing the invisible. You know the verse:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, ESV)
Grace is what God offers us every day. Our part how ever, is to get grace working in our lives. And this happens through employing faith. Although faith is a gift from God (Eph 2:8), so we can’t choose to have / or not have it, we always have a choice to use it or not (parable of the talents, James 1:6, John 1:12, John 3:36, etc.). Everyone is given a portion of faith. The question is:
What are we doing with it?
Our choice to act in faith or not is first and foremost a question of seeing! Either we look at our circumstances and start to doubt everything, or we fix our eyes on the inner evidence of things unseen!
Just look at the first few verses of Hebrews 11!
- V. 3 By faith we see creation as what it really is: Gods invisible word created a visible world!
- V. 4: By faith we see sacrifice as a privilege: Something visible evaporates out of our control and gets into the hands of an invisible God!
- V.5: by faith we see beyond the inevitable death, into eternal friendship with God.
- V. 6 by faith we please God, because we look for him, the invisible, as a great rewarder.
- V. 7 by faith we see events not yet happened as thou they where.
- …. and so on! Nearly every verse of Hebrews 11 has to do with seeing.
There is no such thing as blind faith! Faith sees!
So in the next month I’ll start a series on faith as seeing the invisible.
So what do you see in your own life?
1. what do you see when you are only looking at what is visible?
2. What do you see when you lift up your eyes to the things you are hoping for?
Choose to see the things you are hoping for. Once you see them, they become evident in your life.