IT SNOWED QUITE A BIT on Christmas Day in the year 2017. I remember looking out the window and our cul-de-sac was still covered with snow and ice for a few days after it snowed. This is unusual for our area. Snow comes and is gone the next day. I ventured out to Bible study and as soon as I got off my neighborhood road, the main roads were dry to drive on.
Yet, to stay at home and look out my window, it appeared as if all roads were packed with snow and ice because my road was as far as my eyes could see. Isn’t that just like us humans? We cannot see past the icy roads of our own circumstances and we get stuck in our mind. It’s usually the reason why the people you’ve helped the most are never there for you when you’re in need. We cannot see past our own circumstances. I get it. Looking out my own windows, I cannot see past my road and I’m stuck in my house. Yet, we are told to not look at our natural circumstances, but look to the Lord and ask Him to open our spiritual eyes to see what’s really going on- there’s clear roads right around the corner!
“So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal, but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
I was talking to my daughter after prayer night about the things of God. The Lord has given her great promises and hope, but she can’t see it right now. We get stuck seeing our own view and we can’t see past what’s right in front of us. We can’t see how things can happen. It does not compute in our mind. That’s the point of faith. Faith is believing when you don’t see, otherwise it’s not faith.
It takes no faith to believe for that which we see. It’s when times are tough and we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death that we believe for His help and His strength to continue our journey. When we are on our sick bed and our body is diseased-ridden we believe for our Healer to show up. When everyone around us tells us, “that’s impossible”, we believe in the God of the possible to make a way. Faith is believing He will provide, He will redeem, He will deliver, He will heal, He will when everyone else says He won’t. We don’t serve our feelings. We don’t serve our emotions. We don’t serve our current circumstances. We serve a faithful God who means what He says and says what He means.
“Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”
Just like Elisha with his servant, ask the Lord to open your spiritual eyes and see those how God is working, even when you can’t see it. (2 Kings 6) It’s a beautiful and wonderful example of real help from God that most of us cannot see. There is a host of ministering angels sent to help you. Trust that God knows what He is doing and that His timing is perfect.
God does not need your help. When Abraham took things into his own hands, he created a mess for generations. Friend, faith is believing when you do not see it. Otherwise, it is not faith. Wait for it. Though the Word of God tarries, wait for it. God knows what He is doing. He is working on your behalf. He knows what He is doing. Trust His faithful hands.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”