October 2000

Believing Without Seeing

"Faith is to be sure of the things we hope for; 
certain of the things we cannot see." 
                                                     --Hebrews 11:1

Believing that there is life after death; that there is a God; that our prayers will be answered; these are all acts of faith.  Perhaps one of the most difficult yet most empowering tasks we can undertake is to be assured of something for which there is no "evidence"; to trust in something which cannot be observed.  Faith is our strength and our hope when all seems lost.  Faith is our light amidst life's darkest hours.  Our faith sustains us and offers us promise when all outward signs tell us to just give up and give in.

"We walk by faith and not by sight."
                                                     --2 Corinthian 5:7

True faith is not merely a hope or a facet of our religious beliefs.  Faith is not something which we can have a little of and get by.  It is an all or nothing prospect.  In faith, there is no doubt.  We plan for results despite the obstacles before us.  We see with the eyes of our heart, and not with the eyes of the material world.  There cannot exist such a thing as 'blind faith,' for who could endure in their hope with no inspiration or insight?  Who could believe in something without having a strong spiritual conviction toward it?  Faith does not walk blindly.  It is those who lack faith who stumble along life's path, searching for answers which they will never find in the world.  Unless we set our eyes on heaven and open our hearts to God's Spirit, we cannot know the power and endurance of faith in our lives.  Those who are spiritually blind walk in darkness, but those who see with eyes of faith can persevere in the face of what others may see as an impossibility.

"Everything is possible for him who believes."
                                                     --Mark 9:23

When we are blessed with the gift of faith, we are able to patiently await God's answer to our prayer.  We are assured that there is a reason for all things in our lives and that good will come from the most adverse situations.  As long as we live a life of righteousness and kindness, putting God first and in the center of our lives, we can be certain that God will listen to and answer our prayers.  Faith means knowing that God is working in our lives in unseen ways and not despairing, but continuing  toward our goals in peace and joy, praising God for the things He's done, the things we cannot see and for the things that He's yet to do.  Faith remains firm, having persistence, patience, and perseverance, even when confronted with hatred, evil, disappointment, betrayal, rejection, abandonment, death or disease.  It is a belief that does not waiver, yet remains consistently strong because it is founded on the solid foundation of the Lord.

"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there' and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you."
                                                     --Matthew 17:20

Faith does not accept the impossible.  It does not know defeat.  Faith does not fail.  Faith will always yield the blessings and goodness of God in our lives.  We cannot ask for that which is outside of the will of the Creator, yet by living our lives in the light of the Lord, we can be confident that our will is the will of God.  By trusting in the Lord and asking for wisdom, strength, and guidance, our hopes become our beliefs; our beliefs become our trust; that trust becomes our faith; our faith becomes our promise which God will honor.  It is in that promise that we are able to have faith.

"Faith gives us an anchor in a raging sea,
Calm in the midst of chaos,
Vision to know right from wrong,
And the courage to express it."
-- Unknown

The most simple way to define the enormously powerful and complex act of faith is summarized in this sentence:  Faith does not ask "If?" but "When?"

© 2000 Jennifer N. Ayers, Starr-Rhapsody Creations. No part of this article may be printed or copied without written consent from the author.  

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