you have a compassion meter? An internal indicator that alarms when you see
people for people? Sometimes in our hasty world, it seems that we overlook the
most important thing on earth – people. We set up rules, guidelines, or even
selfish focuses that help us justify not seeing people for people. Our reasons may
be based on our own hurts, being taken by a schemer or scammer in the past, or
even the attitude that it isn’t our job or business to get involved because
there are other entities to handle those situations. Sometimes we even justify
our “hands-off” attitude because it is perceived that a person created their
own problems, issues, or “tangle of mess” they are in. But even in these cases should
we turn against them or shut our compassion meter off completely?
Have you rushed through this week? Did you miss seeing the glory of God that is all around you? Sometimes in our rush to move onto the next thing, we overlook the beauty of God’s holiness that surrounds us. Our response to the magnificent creations of God should be in constant awe. Yet, many times, we get so caught up in the immediate press of life missing His glory that is seen in the world He created. Perhaps it seems just too unbelievable to contemplate that God did indeed create the splendor we see and experience, much less attempt to share what we see with others. So, sometimes instead of just showing others what we see, we either keep it to ourselves or we try to explain it in a way they may understand better, which can often distort the reality. Continue reading Seeing the Glory of God All Around You→
Things are sometimes not what they appear to be and it is often only in hindsight that weÂ think we understand the answers; the true revelations, or see clearly theÂ situation at hand so it can be put to rest. We often think thatÂ because of hindsight we “knew it all along”. Studies have revealed however that hindsight is not the usual simple surmising revelation of things weÂ knew all along. This is knownÂ Continue reading Hindsight vs Faith; Our Need for Explanations→
The weather forecast is calling for snow I told my daughter. She looked at me and said, ”Yeah, right, I don’t have any faith in that, I will believe it when I see it!”
We do not experience snow too often where we live so her response surprised me as it wasn’t too many years ago; maybe just last, that these spoken words would issue a much different reply. She needed the proof that would only come with the experienceÂ in witnessing the event.
Seeing to believe is often the response of someone experienced with previous disappointments. The response of a person who understands that all things said are not always accurate and trust worthy. What makes our childlike faithÂ leave causing us to lose faith? Has this lost ”faith” syndrome increased with the digital information age and caused us to be less trusting?
The digital information age has enlightened us and bombarded us with”¦information, lots of information, but unfortunately all the information receivedÂ cannot always be trusted. There are emails, texts, and the internet all full of communication or information that we can reachÂ immediately. We have it at home, at work, and now with our phone we travel with it and never let it go. Many of us have been ”burned” with passing on false information from these sources and so now we even have information to tell us what information is realÂ and what is false but do we have ”faith” in that? So often because of past experiences we find ourselves, like my daughter, only taking for granted what we see or actually experience ourselves, so a society of cynics develops. Where exactly do we draw the line? When we look at our Christian gift of faith believing is not about seeing. At what point do we step back and announce to the world I do not need to see to believe? Our focus verse this week is 2 Corinthians 5:7;
For we walk by faith not by sight. (KJV)
When we believe [have confidence] in Jesus we can face the unknown through the gift of faith that God gives us. When we purchase high price items we like to know what the warranty against a defect on the item is. Where is the guarantee in the product that we can place our confidence? We don’t buy a standard warranty it is part of the deal, the expected. If the company of the product states they will honor the product then we like to believe [have confidence] that they will do so. They give us faith that their product will perform as expectedÂ by their claim.
As Christians our gift of Faith (Galatians 5:22-23) becomes our warranty from God. God promises us [by giving faith] forgiven sins and eternal lifeÂ to those who believe. It is our warranty for life. He even gives us the extended lifetime warranty all for the same price whichÂ Jesus Christ paid for andÂ with our belief was given to us.
We must remember that hope and trust go hand in hand when looking at the earthly world we live in and the kingdom world we will be going to. We do not see things here in this world as God sees them therefore seeing here is to see things unclear in terms of eternity. This is why the gift of faith is so important. Paul remind us of this while sharing his belief and showing us his gift of faith in
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. (NLT)
Blinded as we areÂ to the future we do not know God’s plan andÂ do not seeÂ His picture inÂ its entiretyÂ but only in smallÂ pieces much like a puzzle. But one day we will understand the things of this world but until then we, who believe,Â do not need sight to move forward as we have the gift of faith. It is sometimes difficult when facing the unknown to move forward but if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus we will find peace in the storm of circumstances to move forward in the race. (Hebrew 12:1-2)
When we put all of this together we can press on as we realize that sight is not necessary as we have theÂ belief [trust] along withÂ our focused eyes on JesusÂ that allowsÂ our gift of faith to take control.
Live this wonderfully granted week with your God-given gift of faith placing your hope in eternity. If you sprinkle your week with good works along with your faith you might just have some insight into next week’s verse.
Love in Christ,
“Faith is the organ which enables people to see the invisible order” F.F. Bruce