Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
I’ve been struck lately by the thought that “faith sees.” Faith is the ability to see what’s not visible in the natural and to live by it as surely as the painted guides on the road. We see beyond present circumstance and act upon the reality of who Jesus is for us. Faith apprehends the truth of who God says He is and lives by it as plainly as walking in daylight.
A number of years ago, there were some visual puzzles that were circulating. They were a repeated black and white or multicolored pattern. At first glance, there was nothing but the repetitive pattern on the page, but if you were able to relax and refocus, you would see what was not visible at first. Off the page would appear a three dimensional image buried in the pattern. You could see what was not plainly visible. What was there all along was now available and plain as day—if you knew how to see it.
Faith has this quality. It’s not with the eyes in our head but with the eyes of our heart that we “see” God. We must rest and refocus on Him in order to see Him present in the midst of our circumstance. It’s one thing to have information that He is present; it’s another experience altogether to actually see Him at work in our midst.
This kind of faith lives with assurance, confidence in who God is. It’s not a striving kind of belief that has to fight off any opposing thought. When we live in faith, we are at rest, able to see God plainly, confident in Him. We aren’t focused on a particular outcome but instead manifest in our heart the nature of who God said He is for us—faithful, loving, ever present. By faith I apprehend what I need most for every circumstance: a God that loves me greatly.