Believing is Seeing

Many people have lost their ability to believe.  They have become blinded by the harshness of life. Painful events have taken away hope and left them with despair.  Actually, no one ever truly remembers when they had their first encounter with pain.  In fact, they wake up one day with a heart full of bitterness, and the process, though painful, happened so gradually over time that they weren’t able to even reach out for help.  It’s as if you sat in a water bath and someone slowly turned up the heat allowing you to essentially be boiled alive without ever noticing a change in the temperature. 

Have you ever come into contact with a person in this condition?  Perhaps it even happened to someone in your family, right before your very eyes and you felt completely powerless.  These people are often lifeless.  Smiles are often feigned and short-lived.  If they are maintaining a routine it is merely out of habit and nothing more.  Or sometimes these people are highly emotional, prone to fits of anger or bursts of tears for little or no reason.  They resemble a wounded animal and lash out at anyone who attempts to help them.  Sadly, so many people lack compassion or understanding for these wounded souls and never bother to give them a second thought.  It might disturb their comfort zone to have to roll up their sleeves and risk breaking a sweat to invest their time and effort in a person who may or may not appreciate the attempts.

If our only hope was to depend on other people to rescue us, we would all be in sad shape.  Human nature is very self-centered.  What’s in it for me? How would I benefit from this effort?  It would be unheard of that I help someone out of the goodness of my heart.  The truth is, without God, we are nothing.  We are helpless, uncaring, insensitive, and selfish.  Furthermore, helping someone who is sinking in such misery is a very draining task.  We can count on being hurt and our efforts unappreciated.  It is necessary for us to have a relationship with an endless source of love that only comes from God. 

Only God is able to give us peace like a river, joy like a fountain, and love like an ocean.  God never has a bad day. He is constant.  When we ask God to come live in our hearts, He begins a transformation in us that over time will yield results, as in the Fruit of the Spirit.  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, these things will be evident in the life of a person who is allowing God to transform them and will be the driving force that will motivate someone to reach out to help a discouraged soul. 

Often we are dissatisfied or unfulfilled because we feel as if our lives have no purpose.  God created us with a purpose in mind, to be in communion with Him.  He wanted to have a relationship with a living, breathing, thinking being.  He wanted nothing more than what all of us desire, to love and to have that love returned.  God furthermore understood our needs and was not selfish, but also created other humans for us to share our lives with.  How loving our God must be.  Our lives become complicated when something disturbs the flow of this basic process.  Our lives become further complicated when we forget to involve God in this process and expect humans to satisfy this need alone.

What we have is impaired vision on both sides.  The hurting are blinded by pain and we aren’t able to see the hurting because we are blinded by unsatisfaction.  We need the ability to see and to be seen.  We need God to restore sight to the blind.  The key to our healing and deliverance begins with faith.  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

In order to help others or receive help, we must have a vision of a goal.  How can we ever expect to go somewhere without a destination or obtain something if we’ve never seen it? Many motivational speakers or even salesman have already discovered this very useful technique.  When you get of glimpse of what is to come, it inspires you to work hard and do whatever it takes to reach the goal.

This is one of the biggest complaints most people have when it comes to believing in God.  God is a spirit and can not be seen, therefore many find it impossible to believe.  God may not have a physical appearance, but He has shown Himself to us in several manifestations.  As a burning bush to Moses, as a soldier to Joshua, as a Pillar of  Cloud by day and a Pillar of Fire by night to the children of Israel and as a man Christ Jesus to the New Testament world.  We have to remember that God has no limits and if He had chosen to take on only one form, then we might limit what He could do.  Instead, by God choosing not to take on one single image, He is able to show Himself in whatever capacity the situation requires. 

This is something that we have to remember when forming our vision.  We have to allow God to make any adjustments that He sees fit.   There is a danger is becoming rigid in our expectations.  Disappointment in an outcome has been the downfall of many people.  In the same respect, if God chooses to provide in a more abundant manner than we thought possible, we should allow room for this option as well.  Ultimately God knows what is best for us and we must learn to develop a complete trust in Him.

Once we begin to establish ourselves in God, He will inspire us to reach outside of our own lives.  A little effort goes a long way in the task of helping others.  Never underestimate the power of  an encouraging word or an act of kindness.  Some people just need a little help to pick them up.  Others are just looking for a little company to help pass the time along the journey.  Helping someone to catch a vision of better days is a difficult, but rewarding investment. 

Church attendance is one of the most helpful resources in restoring someone’s vision.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? …So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:14, 17)  A preacher is more than a glorified story-teller, but the principle is the same.  The minister is a tool in the hands of God.  He takes the Word of God off of the printed page, and when inspired by the anointing power of the Holy Spirit, is able to open the blinded eyes of the discouraged and give them something to believe in. 

The Bible is full of promises to those who believe.  Just as when Jesus spoke to Martha after her brother, Lazarus, had died,  I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. (John 11:25-26)  Another passage gives us this promise, If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. (Matthew 21:22)  Once a father brought his spirit-possesed son to Jesus and his disciples for help. He asked for help with doubt in his voice.  He was met with this response, “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23) The father  recognized his weakness and not wanting anything to keep his son from being delivered, asked for help. Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

When reading the Bible, there are many accounts of the blind receiving their sight.  If God is willing and able to restore our physical sight, which is only a help to us in this present world, how much more must He be willing to restore our spiritual sight that will allow us to accomplish the goal of making heaven our home for all eternity. We all need God to open our eyes to be able to see what He has in store for us, then we must believe.

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