“Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the
reward of this faith is to see what we believe.”
Waiting for answers. Waiting for hope. Waiting for peace.
It’s exhausting, isn’t it?
It is in our flesh-wiring to default to “I’ll believe it when I see it.” But how do I reconcile that with my faith? Because if I believe what I say I believe, then my faith isn’t dependent on my sight.
When I am preoccupied and focused on the circumstances in my life instead of centering on the constancy of God and in Who God is, my faith-life becomes intermittent, at best.
We can learn a lot from the Words that cut through the darkness. In contrast to Moses, who “endured, as seeing Him who is unseen“, the children of Israel did not believe until after they saw the evidence. They still doubted God when they came to the Red Sea, but only when they saw God open the way, lead them across and drown Pharaoh did they believe.
Then they believed his promises and sang His praise… (Psalm 106:12)
They led an up and down life because of this kind of faith, and we do the same thing sometimes, don’t we?
The world says “seeing is believing,” but the sight-gift that He offers us is SO much better. He wants us to believe in order to see. That is the reward of our faith.
So what about my seasonal blindness in my faith journey? Because let’s just be honest here…there are times when all I can see is the darkness. Sometimes, my cup doesn’t runneth over…sometimes, it’s just empty. How do I wait for hope?
How do I wait for hope when not even a glimmer of it shines, yet still refuse to grow weary and refuse to doubt God’s unyielding faithfulness to me?
How do I experience the pain of a gaping, vacant hole in my heart, yet still resolve not to allow any presence inferior to God to occupy it?
How did Job do it? How did Abraham do it on the road to Moriah? How did Moses do it in the desert? How did Jesus do it in the Garden?
When waiting for hope amid darkness, how do we “endure, as seeing Him who is unseen?”
There really is only one way.
To refuse to let go of our empty cup and remain convinced that God’s eyes see eternally further than our own.
To remain steadfast in our belief that in His perfect timing and in the completeness of His love for us, He will unhide that which is hidden to our eyes.
To wait with confidence to see what we believe.