We have a choice every day…as Max Lucado puts it, to either live by the facts or see by faith. Read the devotional below from Max that was in my email inbox this morning.
See by Faith
On the wall of a concentration camp, a prisoner had carved the following words:
“I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine.
I believe in love, even when it isn’t shown.
I believe in God, even when he doesn’t speak.”
What hand could have cut such a conviction? What eyes could have seen good in such horror? There’s only one answer: Eyes that chose to see the unseen.
Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 4:18: “We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will only last a short time, but what we cannot see will last forever.”
We can see either the hurt or the Healer.
Mark it down. God knows you and I are blind. He knows living by faith and not by sight doesn’t come naturally. He will help us. Accept his help.
Either live by the facts or see by faith!
It was no coincidence that this was in my inbox today. I’m choosing to see by faith. Max is right…it doesn’t come naturally. It’s hard not to live by the facts, especially when that’s what’s staring us right in the face. But we have to have faith. The alternative is empty and discouraging. There’s hope in the midst of faith. There’s peace as we live by faith. And there’s a strength and a calm in having faith. Faith is not a feeling or an emotion. One definition states, “In Christian theology, faith is the divinely inspired human response to God’s historical revelation through Jesus Christ.”
This week has been one of the toughest one’s of my life as the facts that are screaming at me are trying to crowd out the ability to see by faith. I’m clinging to God’s Words, to His promises, to His revelation of Himself. And I am literally on my knees praying.
You may be going through the same kind of week I am. I pray you are seeing by faith and not living by the facts.
And…I was encouraged on my early morning run today, as I saw God’s splendor in His creation in the sunrise! Absolutely beautiful!!
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