What We Do Not See
Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva
July 25, 2008
Hudson Taylor once said, “All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them.”
If we think we are followers of Christ, then we must believe He is with us all the way. (Matthew 28:20). That He is there to exceed what we ask, think and pray. (Ephesians 3:20). This is faith. That we act as if the basis of our action has already been given, seen and heard.
There is no sense in our decision to follow Christ if we doubt His power to make real His promises to us. For a true disciple is bound to depend on his master, on whatever He has to teach him. If he has placed allegiance on Him, he must entrust to Him his all including his woes and cares. After all, God is able to carry out what He had promised for as long as we believe He will. He does not lie and never He will. (Numbers 23:19)
One author wrote, “Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins when man’s power ends.”
George Mueller attests to this truth when he said, “The province of faith begins where probabilities cease and where sight and sense fail.”
Jesus had an encounter with a man who was trying hard to fight his unbelief. He begged His help while he fainted to see his son being seized by an evil spirit. But Jesus did not heal his son at once. Instead He dared him. “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”
Immediately he cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23-24)
The world mocks faith. But God has a habit of putting the world in awe. One time, He caused the walls of Jericho to fall down flat just by mere marching around and shouting of the Israelites. Joshua led the people to do just that in obedience to what God had told him. Indeed they looked insane but it worked! (Joshua 6:1-29)
The pure faith of a disciple gives glory to God. It places Him in His rightful place, proving Him as the only One who is worthy of trust.
Unbelief on the one hand accuses God of lying. (1 John 5:10). It does not seek to honor Him. It sets an end to what He can actually perform. (Psalm 78:41)
The faith that God looks for in His disciple is one that depends on His supply and abilities. God wants His disciple to trust Him – first, foremost, and only.
C. H. Mackintosh said, “To make known my wants, directly or indirectly, to a human being is departure from the life of faith, and a positive dishonor to God. It is actually betraying Him. It is tantamount to saying that God has failed me, and I must look to my fellow for help. It is forsaking the living fountain and turning to a broken cistern. It is placing the creature between my soul and God. Thus robbing my soul of rich blessing, and God of the glory due Him.”
The fountain of faith is the Word of God. It strengthens our faith if we feed on it. It helps us see things beyond what we see.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)