Having the eyes of faith
How far do we see with our physical eyes? Yes, there are limitations. The eyes of faith, our spiritual eyes, can see things in the distance that the physical eyes cannot see. The eyes of faith will determine how we live our lives on the earth. The eyes of faith will see the spiritual reward in the distance, and it will not allow the physical things of this life to distract. The great men and women of the bible had the eyes of faith. They persevered under difficult conditions, and their eyes of faith motivated them to hold on to hope, believing that he who promise is always faithful.
Hebrews 11:13, 26
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Following the example of Jesus
Jesus taught and did many things when he lived on the earth. Peter said, "Jesus left us an example to follow his footsteps." True Christianity is not based on words but on deeds. When Jesus saw the plight of the sick, downtrodden, poor and suffering people, he was moved with compassion. When we see the same today, are we following the example of Jesus?
14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
The world has witnessed unprecedented disasters in the past two months. We live on planet earth and it is governed by natural laws. Sometimes the things that are needed for our survival; water, wind and sun, can bring pain, death and suffering to man. When we face disasters and human suffering, we ask the question, "Where is God?" God has not abandoned us. He sees and knows what is happen. He may allow the whirlwind, storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods for a reason on the land. We may never understand why. But we are reminded in the bible, the God of the good times is the God of the difficult times. He is the God of the hills and the God of the valley.
1 Kings 20:2828 The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’”
There is a rainbow of hope in every child of God in the midst of the storms of life. Faith is our assurance that the sun will shine again. When we face our raging storms, and everything around us seem to fail, God is standing by our side with words of assurance,"I will never leave or forsake you."
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Roy Graneau is the full-time preacher for the South Edmonton Church of Christ.