I remember hearing my former Pastor say; “Sight is the ability to see what is physical in nature, but vision is the ability to see what is possible in God,” the words have never left me. God here speaks in the immediate present. It is not something He is going to do, but something He does do, this moment, now. As so much faith ever speaks, so much God ever gives. So He is meeting you today in the present moment. This is the test of faith. So long as you are waiting for a thing, hoping for it, looking for it, you do not believe it.
Deep within you there a ray of hope may shine, an earnest desire, but it is not faith; for “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The command in regard to believing prayer is in the present tense. “When ye pray, believe that ye receive the things that ye desire, and ye shall have them.” Have we come to that moment? Have we met God in the Eternal Now?
True faith counts on God, waits for God and believes before it sees. It is natural that we as human beings want some proof—evidence that our prayers will be answered before we believe; but when we walk by faith we need no other evidence than God’s Word. He has spoken, and according to our faith it shall be done unto us. We shall see because we have believed, and this faith sustains us in the most trying places, when everything around us and some persons seems to contradict the very words of God.
King David, the Psalmist, wrote; “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of living” (Psalm 27:13). He did not see as yet the Lord’s answer to his prayers, but he believed to see; and this kept him from fainting. If we have the faith that believes to see, it will keep us from becoming discouraged. We shall “laugh at impossibilities,” we shall watch with delight to see how God is going to open up a path through the Red Sea when there is no human way out of our present situation. It is in such places of severe testing that our faith grows and strengthens.
Have you been waiting for God, my friend, during long nights and weary days fearing that God has forgotten you? No, He has not! Lift up your head, and begin to praise Him even now for the deliverance which is on its way to you. Faith overcomes sight; “Have faith that whatever you ask for in prayer is already granted you, and you will find that it will be” (Mark 11:24). We cannot stop walking because we believe, and the faith of our heart is just as sure as the sight of our eyes; for it is faith from and in the Son of God and his Spirit within us.
Jesus told his disciples, difficulty is often sent to reveal to us what God can do in answer to faith that prays and waits on Him. When we violate a basic principle of faith, not walking, it is not God and His honor that suffer—we suffer. If you can no longer wait for God to walk with you because you cannot see Him, pray for those who can. If you cannot move the earth by your prayers, maybe you can move Heaven. God specializes in the impossible. “The hill country shall be thine” (Joshua 17:18).
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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