Thursday, August 2, 2012

Seeing Bigger – Walking By Faith

“Here is your God...
he will come and save you.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.”
~Isaiah 35:4c,f, 5 (NRSV)
What is a multi-dimensional vision in Isaiah is a thing that works for us when we resolve to implement it. Having faith that God will save us enlarges our perception.
This is the phenomenon of seeing bigger; to see more as God sees.
But first, several things must be achieved: among them, the willingness to forego pride and to accept the truth; and, the ability to believe upon the salvation qualities of God delivering us—in many forms.
When we truly desire knowledge of God’s will and the power to carry it out, and when we know that God is working all things toward our good, even if they seem bad just now, we can be blessed with the ability for seeing bigger.
What ‘Seeing Bigger’ Looks Like
We stand to be surprised. We will always be surprised. Our Lord is the God of Surprises. Not all of these surprises are pleasant initially, but we do find they are for our best when we look for the meaning in them.
That is what seeing bigger looks like.
It is about searching higher, longer, and deeper regarding the mysteries of life that confound us. Most of all seeing bigger is beneficial when we are tested; when we are all at sea in our little boats of quaking faith. It is seeing bigger that gets us through.
But seeing bigger is limited by the constriction of faith. When we come forth boldly in our faith, on the other hand, God blesses our faith with spiritual sight. He opens our eyes to see bigger. For those moments we are no longer blinded by the enemy. We can see the truth in all its glory.
When we stand expectantly in our faith, but expecting most of all to be surprised by God’s answer, because we can never anticipate how God will answer, we see bigger.
Seeing bigger is a commitment to jettison our judgments and to cling to the holy vestiges of faith that are due our relationship with our Saviour, Jesus. Would a friend so perfect ever betray us? Should our faith be unstinting?
Ours is to wait patiently with open eyes and an open heart for what God is doing. God is active for us; those he calls his own.
We walk by faith and not sight. And when we do, we learn to see bigger. Then our faith grows. This is where life truly begins. We are happier when we see bigger.
© 2012 S. J. Wickham.

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