For we walk by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7
“Yuck!” I muttered as I stepped down from my son’s bed.
“Oh…the dog was licking the carpet and it’s all wet.”
“Can I see?”
“No, there’s nothing to see.”
My reply was all it took to set off an overly tired 5-year-old who desperately wanted to SEE the wet spot on his carpet. Deciding to pick my battles, I relented and he climbed down to feel what could not be seen.
“Why didn’t you believe me?” I asked.
“Because you wouldn’t let me see it.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us we are to walk by faith, not by sight. Our inability to see what God has deliberately kept from our vision is not without purpose. Besides the fact that knowing everything isn’t always good for us, seeing is also not always necessary to believe.
For example, if you’ve ever spent much time around mountain or coastal water, chances are you’ve been attacked by “No Seeums.” They are annoying, biting flies, small enough to easily pass through window screens. You may never see it land on your skin, but the resulting bite is unmistakable.
Similarly, I can’t “see” God, but I notice his fingerprints all over creation, hear His whispers in my heart and observe evidence of his involvement in my life through answered prayers.
These kinds of “no seeums” build my faith so that I may confidently say that, though I can’t “see” the future, I confidently trust my God who holds the future in his hand.
“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
Faith. It all comes down to this simple question – do you believe – even when you “no seeum?” What’s holding you back?
Heavenly Father, too often find myself in the mindset of my 5-year-old…wanting to see the “unseeable” to believe. Help me to overcome my unbelief in these moments so that I fully trust you. Thank you for the perfect plans you have for my life. Today, Lord, I open my heart and my mind to your ways and desire to seek you fully with a heart of faith. Amen.
Ironing it out:
Do you remember a time when God’s “no seeum” work in your life – or the lives of those around you – became incredibly obvious? How did that impact you and your faith?
Remembering that fear does not come from the Lord, what are you having trouble trusting God for today? Prayerfully ask him today to help you overcome both your unbelief and any fear you may be experiencing.
And, one last thing…if you have a favorite verse about faith, will you share it here?