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I was involved in a discussion about faith the other day. Some of those involved were agnostics, some atheists and others, like me, claimed to believe in the God of the Scriptures. We talked about many things like coincidence, random occurrence and the possibility that all things were some part of a greater plan known only to someone or something else.

Though the talk was mostly amiable, one person, exasperated by my claims of an unshakeable belief in God, told me that I merely possessed a “blind faith.” Their point was that I basically had to have my head buried in the sand to actually think that all that happened around me and the world in total was watched or even cared about by some higher being.

Having never argued anyone to heaven, I soon left the conversation. I felt sadness for those who could not or would not open themselves to at least the possibility of an Almighty God.

But also, I was left with the desire to examine this faith I professed in hopes of renewing/strengthening the belief within me. Specifically, to clarify in my heart and mind that I was not acting as an automaton who goes through life blissfully unaware of what is happening around me; acting solely on a blind faith.

Having fallen asleep with these thoughts, our ever-faithful God had some assurances for me as I awoke the next morning.

First and most clearly, He made it clear that there is no such thing as “blind faith” when it comes to Him. Faith itself, as the Apostle Paul writes, is something that God gives us: in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. (Romans 12:3b NIV). Faith then, coming from a perfect God, would not lack the ability to see. Now this is not necessarily sight as needed to get your driver’s license, but rather a gift of insight into the happenings of the spiritual world that is at work around us.

I believe God has given us all this type of vision and He uses many different passages in the Scriptures that mention it and guide us as to how to use this gift.

As I have quoted before on my blog, the definition of faith itself includes the ability to see with eyes of faith: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV). This is the certainty that allows me to see God at work in the physical world around me. Eyes seeing with faith can see the addicted set free, the estranged family reunited and the healing of a broken heart as being God ministering to those conditions, as well as so many more.

To help us keep our faith eyes open on our daily journey, Scripture reminds us several times that by keeping those eyes focused on Jesus, they will witness more and more of God at work. The author of the Book of Hebrews says it this way: So we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2 NIV).

I attempt to fix my eyes of faith on Jesus by keeping Him in the forefront of my thoughts each day. I make it a point to thank Him daily for enduring that cross for helpless sinners like me. I praise Him as He sits at His rightful place on the throne. By staying actively conscious of the Lord, I tend to ‘see’ Him with more clarity. Obviously, I am not seeing Him physically, but that does not diminish the reality of His presence with me.

What a daily blessing this gift of seeing in faith is! And it is a gift I can partake of as often as I like. The richness of our God cannot be run dry. He is always and everywhere ready to help in the honing of our ability to be aware of Him.

My prayer for me and you is that we use the tremendous gift of sight to look more intentionally than ever to see God with us. I am convinced that as we do, there will be nothing blind about our faith at all!

Be blessed and be a blessing,

Pastor Chuck

5 thoughts on “A Blind Faith?

  1. Sometimes I think people have more doubt about their disbelief in Jesus than they care to admit. Some argue so passionately that I feel it is more an effort to maintain a crumbling wall against God than an effort to attack my beliefs. I continue to pray the Spirit convicts those who resist Jesus.h

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  2. Those conversations are tough when people are so against believing…it warms my heart though when I consider my strong faith and that it doesn’t waver in those moments..ever!
    I’m reminded ‘we always need to be ready to give a reason for the hope in us’ (1 Peter 3:15)

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