Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
What does it mean to live through the eyes of faith? A question I’ve asked myself recently as I’ve read through and pondered God’s Word. The Bible contains a lot of promises about this life, and the life to come–promises made by God Himself. These promises, however, are often overlooked by God’s children. I once read, “if we say we are His, we must become His example.” In other words, if we believe what the Lord says, we must live out what He says by faith. Faith, in itself, is our confidence in the Lord and that He will do what He has promised.
I have learned over the past several years of being a Christian that faith is the one thing that pleases God. For it is by faith that we have access to becoming children of God and becoming saved and born-again. It is by faith that we can live our lives to please Him and do His perfect will. It is by faith that we can hope for things that are real but are not yet seen.
In all honesty, I believe that faith is what holds us together when we can’t seem to hold ourselves together. In fact, we can do nothing apart from God. Our faith in Him strengthens us and is made perfect in weakness. Our trials, tests, and valley experiences are made to shape us into becoming more like Jesus by faith in Him.
I would like to share an experience that I had last night as I was attempting to fall asleep. I believe that this experience was the catalyst for putting my faith into action because I needed to trust that God would be faithful in this situation.
I could hear my heart pounding against my chest. What is happening? I have never experienced a “panic attack” until I realized that I could literally feel my heart racing faster than my thoughts. I know there is such a thing called anxiety, in fact, I have experienced moments of anxiety when faced with a challenging situation. However, I have never experienced what happened last night as I laid in my bed with my eyes widened, heart pounding and head throbbing.
My alarm went off at 5:45 a.m. Just a few more minutes was all I wanted, well, that is kind of an understatement. I could have used an extra three hours of sleep due to the amount of rest I had lost due to the overwhelming sense of anxiety over taking me.
I couldn’t wrap my head around why I wasn’t able to fall asleep last night. I mean, I spent time in prayer and reading God’s Word before I went to sleep. I had my friend over and she had prayed for me as well. Why, Lord, are you allowing this to happen? And why has this not been the first time I have had a sleepless night? I know people who have mental health issues which can cause them to have insomnia, and I can relate in a way to that struggle, but I can’t seem to understand what is keeping me up a night.
Perhaps this season of restlessness is a trial used by the Lord to help me see through His eyes. Maybe, instead of relying upon my own strengths and abilities, God wants me to completely surrender my hopes to Him, by allowing Him to shape my desires.
Maybe, instead of relying upon my own strengths and abilities, God wants me to completely surrender my hopes to Him, by allowing Him to shape my desires.
For far too many years, I have placed such a huge focus on the amount of sleep I get as a determining factor as to how my day will go. It is almost as if I am idolizing the concept of sleep as if it is more important than anything else. Truthfully, I have been known to “oversleep”, to the point where I can’t fall asleep because I’m far over-rested. I truly believe that God wants to remove this false sense of security in my life in order for me to realize that in Him alone is where I can find safety and rest.
The more I lean on (rely upon) things such as sleep, diet, and exercise, the more He pulls me away from those things and says “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Mathew 11:28-30).
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
You see, this world can fool us into thinking that we must focus all of our attention on our health. The truth is, our earthly bodies will end up failing us–no matter how hard we try to rely upon them as our strength. But God, He never fails us when we choose to rely on Him. His grace is sufficient and made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). We need not to trust in our own abilities because when we do, we can become easily disappointed and discouraged. We must not look through eyes that can see what is visibly seen, but rather, through the eyes of faith.