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Living By Faith, Not By Sight

Living by faith, not by sight

"But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."

1 Timothy 6:11-12, 17-19

All Scriptures throughout my website are referenced from the NIV unless otherwise noted.

  • Jeff Horacek

Trusting in the Unseen

The smallest packet of light energy is called the photon. The rod photoreceptors of the eye are so sensitive they can detect just one photon of light. Under optimal conditions at night, the human eye can see a flickering candle almost fourteen miles away! Birds of prey, such as the eagle and hawk, have 3-4 times better daytime acuity than we do—able to see rabbits and rodents at two miles away. And the kings of nighttime vision are, of course, owls and cats.

As incredible as our vision is, our sight still has limits and we can never see what tomorrow will bring. That’s what faith, hope, and trust are for, and God tells us in Psalm 32:8 (NIV), “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” If we keep our senses and eyes focused on Christ and on the spiritual things of God above, He promises to be attentive to our prayers, and bask us in His unfailing love; “But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,” (Psalm 33:18 NIV) and “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;” (Psalm 34:15 NIV).

Therefore, beloved child of God, we live in a world that is temporary and full of illusions, and as wonderful as our visual system is, it can be deceived like a mirage, so focus on the spiritual in your mind’s eye, just as we are admonished:

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV


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