“Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.”
A W Tozer
In today’s world we are governed by the impressions of our senses. We live our lives by what we see, hear, smell and touch. We find our security in what we deem to be these concrete realities and our world is largely impatient with seemingly abstract concepts that cannot be verified by our immediate senses. But is something less real because we cannot see it or touch it right now? In fact, most of what we accept as fact has not come to us first hand via our senses. We know it because others have told us that it is true and we trust them. I have never seen New York for myself, but I accept that it exists because I believe those who have been there. I was not present in World War One, but I have no doubt that it took place, because I believe those who have written about it. Things are no less real because we have to take them on trust. The Bible has a great deal to say about believing. Paul says that we live by faith, not by sight. In fact, he says, the world we cannot see is more real than the world that is visible to our human eyes. The visible world is temporary; the invisible world is eternal. But we have some control over which of these worlds will impact us the most. If we spend all our time absorbed in the material world of the here and now, the impact of spiritual truths will fade. But if we give time to God and His Word we will find that the things of God become more real to us. Paul says “We fix our eyes…on what is unseen.” Where are we fixing our gaze? It is likely that the object of our gaze will grow more real to us.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)
Yours in Christ,
Ian Thompson (Acting pastor)