Seeing with eyes of faith.
Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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.
2Corinthians 4:16–18 NIV
We are all born blind. Blind to the reality of the unseen realm in which God lives. The reality in which we are meant to live. Sin, in the beginning, blinded all of mankind to the Truth of who He is and who we are before Him.
God is Spirit — unseen, invisible, eternal, unchanging.
Walking a life of faith means choosing to focus on the “unseen” — walking blind — sightless. Or at least acknowledging our inability to see what’s truly going on around us.
Understanding this truth gives new meaning to Old Testament Scriptures:
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
Isaiah 42:16 NIV (emphasis added)
Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant?
Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.
Isaiah 50:10 NIV (emphasis added)
God calls us to let Him lead. To recognize our spiritual blindness to what is true and right and good. It is an exercise in humility to listen for His voice and quiet our own will and way. Quell our own understanding of what we see happening around us and choose to trust Him. Trust we cannot see.
Seeing with eyes of faith.
Following Him means we fix our eyes on Jesus — the author and perfecter of our faith: Being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
In Him there is no darkness. No unknown. No evil intent which is not intended for good. He is the Incarnation of the Word. Scripture brought to life, a visible manifestation of what it looks like to walk in the unseen reality of God’s Kingdom.
He came to show us the Way and teach us that nothing is as it seems to our eyes blinded by lies. What we see in this world — evil, temptation, fear, death — is not the overarching power. It does not get the last word. And battling darkness with its own weapons is not the way to defeat it.
Good overcomes evil.
Death is a way to life.
Surrender the way to victory.
God is God.
To walk by faith is to determine to trust Him. And in many ways, it feels like walking blind.
I’m living much of my life right now as blind. Choosing to trust He is working in the unseen — behind what I see.
What I see breaks my heart. Fills me with sorrow. frustration. feelings of failure.
But He says He is at work. He says He brings forth light — great eternal glory — out of darkness. deep despair. death. He says darkness is as light to Him and what looks desperately lost He is in the process of making more beautiful.
So, I fix the eyes of my heart on Jesus. On His unfailing love. His work on the cross. His way of living life as if all was a light and momentary trouble moving toward something far more glorious.
His greatest darkness — unjust arrest, condemnation, execution — became His and His Father’s greatest glory: Resurrection!
Not just for Himself, but He made a Way for all mankind. For those who believe, their darkest nights of the soul have the potential to bring the greatest glory! Because Jesus overturns — extinguishes — the power of sin and death, becoming for us eternal life and righteousness.
Embracing Reality means we choose to blind ourselves to what we think we see. Choose to believe God and not the world or our own understanding.
For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.
Blind faith is not blind. It simply chooses to focus on the eternal, the unseen, the Kingdom of God, and allow His Holy Spirit to lead us. Being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
We live by faith, not by sight.
2Corinthians 5:7 NIV
What do you see now? in your world?
Are you willing to take a walk in the dark? trusting Him? not what you see?
In Jesus, by faith, how might you see it differently? with eyes of faith is there a vision of hope?