Jan could see herself healed, but she had no proof she was. She was seeing with faith eyes.
Jan had suffered from a hacking cough and congestion for more than a year. Her initial doctor visits resulted in a diagnosis of bronchitis, for which the doctor prescribed her antibiotics. Somewhere along the way, her bronchitis cleared up, but the coughing and shortness of breath didn’t. So, her family doctor referred her to a pulmonologist who diagnosed her with asthma.
After a year of coughing, Jan was tired—physically and emotionally. She rarely attended church because she feared her coughing would disrupt the service. Her energy level made going to the grocery store or getting together with friends almost impossible. She was confined and discouraged.
I called periodically to check on Jan. Conversing with her was almost impossible because of her coughing. She apologized; I told her I understood. She told me she wanted to attend church; I assured her the church understood. Then she said, “But I still believe God can heal me.” She saw life with faith eyes. David did as well.
“Then at your command, O Lord, at the blast of your breath, the bottom of the sea could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare” (Psalm 18:15 NLT).
God hadn’t defeated David’s enemies yet, but David believed he would. He could see what the earth and sea would look like after the battle was over—the battle that hadn’t happened yet.
Seeing with faith eyes lets us see God’s forgiveness. We have no tangible proof God has forgiven our sins and cast them into his sea of forgetfulness, but he says he has.
Seeing with faith eyes also gives us a glimpse of eternity—even though we’ve never had even a sneak preview. All we have is the picture God’s Word paints, but we stake our lives on the belief it exists.
Additionally, seeing with faith eyes helps us believe God has a plan for our lives. We don’t always understand it or see how he works it out—but we believe he is. He tells us we’re his masterpieces and have potential in his Kingdom agenda.
Finally, seeing with faith eyes helps us remember the ill effects of sinful behavior, thoughts, and attitudes. Although we can’t handle sin, sin can handle us. God says sin violates his standards, and we must choose to accept his word.
There’s more to life than what we can physically see. How can you let God help you live with faith eyes?
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