It has been often said that “faith is blind”. Others have said, even from the pulpits
and teacher’s podiums that if you want assurances or understanding first or that
if we want to “see” God move first that it is not faith!
However, God wants us to
be anything but blind!
In fact, didn’t Jesus declare that He came to open the eyes
of the blind? Didn’t Paul the Apostle pray that “The eyes of your understanding being
enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches
of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”?
Why is it that faith is so difficult
for so many who claim to be Christians? Well two reasons come to mind, the first
is that they are not really Christians – but that is not the subject of this article.
The other reason is that too often Christians are told, taught and goaded into thinking
that to want understanding is to not act in faith … and so we go on trying to live
in blind faith!
Well, let your eyes be opened! Faith is not blind and God does not
want us to follow blindly! When you are blind, you are handicapped! You bump into
things, you bungle efforts and constantly need someone or something else to hold
your hand or help you find your way!
Blindness is darkness and darkness is not what
God wants us to be in!
Someone may argue, “Well if you can see it then it is not faith!”
Yet, that is not at all what the Bible says! God does explain that we no longer hope
for what we see (Romans 8:24). God further explains that it does not yet appear what
we shall (ultimately) be like, but that when Jesus appears we shall be like Him!
(1 John 3:2)
But beyond these, does God require or even expect us to function in any
form of blindness?
In fact, God has said quite the opposite; that He wants us to
understand! God wants us to know what our faith is and what we have faith for! God
gives a vision which is what, the picture of what it is that He intends to accomplish!
Is that being blind?
Does God want you or me to “move out in ministry” without specific
purpose or vision? Does God want us to go aimlessly in some direction and call that
Is that how God dealt with Noah about the ark? Did God just say to Noah,
“Build an ark” and that was the end of it? Was the building of the ark left up to
Noah’s imagination or planning? Or without the purpose or the intentions of God being
made known to him?
Is that what He required of Abram? Did God say to Abram “Leave
your country because I, God, tell you to!”?
Did Abraham send his servant blindly into
his family’s land looking for a bride for Isaac?
Was Joseph left to live in blind
faith when his brothers sold him into Egyptian slavery?
Did God require Moses to blindly
go to Egypt to deliver Israel?
Did God insist that Joshua blindly follow His leadership
into the Promised Land?
Need I continue?
The answer to all of these questions is NO!
God instructed Abram to leave his family’s country, He explained the journey to Abram.
Not all at once, but each step along the way.
When Abraham’s servant went to seek
a wife for Isaac, he wasn’t sent blindly but God directed his thoughts to know what
to look for.
When Joseph was sold into slavery, God had already given him the vision
of what was to ultimately become of him and his family.
Didn’t God answer every concern
of Moses when commanding him to return to Egypt?
Joshua received clear instructions
from God as to what to do when entering the Promised Land!
All too often, people think
that faith always means motion, if you don’t know what to do just do something and
have faith that God will work it all out?
Is that in line with what God Himself says?
Seems like anytime a person of God took that line of action, not only was it NOT
faith at all, but the consequences of taking such action were severe indeed!
when God’s people are put on hold, it seems as though others of God’s people say
that doing nothing is not of faith and therefore one must start to do something and
leave the results up to God! Is that faith?
Abraham … listened to his emotions and
literally placed his wife in two separate adulterous situations!
his faith when he listened to his wife and stopped waiting on God for the promised
son to be born!
Moses listened to the angry, complaining Israelites and so struck
a second rock for water! Water came out but it cost Moses entrance into Canaan land!
people of faith were at a “holding” place in their lives, they took action not of
God’s choosing and things happened alright, wrong things with wrong results!
Biblically correct to “stand still” and call it faith?
Exodus 14:13 - - “And Moses
said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord,
which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye
shall see them again no more for ever.”
Just imagine what would have been the result
if Moses or some other leader said in haste, “let’s jump into the sea and leave the
results to God!”
No, faith is anything but blind! In fact, if it is blind, it can’t
be faith! Why? Because faith is to be in total agreement with God! If you take some
action and you are doing so without being in agreement with God … then simply you
are not acting in faith but in presumption!
Faith either has or produces understanding.
Faith understands God! Faith enables us to be obedient to God’s instruction and direction.
Faith enables us to trust God! Now obedience and trust may be blind, we may have
to step out in the journey before having the whole understanding of what lies ahead
… but the first step is never without understanding if it is in faith!
When you are
truly in faith, the results are not up to God in some future tense … the results
are assured by God in the present tense! The results are already in place and the
only thing missing is the time it takes to see the results manifested!
say “if it’s is God’s will” … faith discovers God’s will! Now James does instruct
us (James 4:15) “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do
this, or that.” But that is talking today about tomorrow! In other words, James is
saying that today is the only day we have in our power to choose to act in. Think
about this, there is no such thing as “tomorrow faith”! All faith is today faith
because we are not alive in tomorrow … we are only alive in today! So, if we are
to act in faith tomorrow it is because it is God’s will that we be alive tomorrow!
kind of faith did Jesus have while in the flesh? He explained it this way: Then said
Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I
am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak
these things. John 8:28
Can it be said that in any way Jesus acted apart from faith?
Do we think that Jesus acted “blindly”? Ever? Of course not, Jesus in the flesh was
the epitome of faith! And now, are we not to be being conformed into His image? Are
we not to be being transformed into how He was? Again, was Jesus living in a faith
that was in any way blind?
Or, was everything Jesus did in total concert with our
Heavenly Father? So then, is this not faith, to act in concert with the Father?
can – and may have to obey before actually seeing the results … we may have to quite
often. Just as Abram had not actually seen the land of promise, yet he moved in faith
that was not blind because his eyes of understanding were opened. In fact, we may
have to first obey in order to gain full understanding, but obedience is the result
of true faith!
We can – and may have to trust without literally seeing … we may have
to quite often. Just as Noah had not actually ever experienced a flood, much less
rain before, he relied upon God’s integrity (trusted God) because his eyes of understanding
were open and had faith to trust without literally seeing.
Thus God explains that
“faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”, Hebrews
11. Acting in concert with God produces the confident expectation (hope) and the
evidence that God already has assured the results!
Remember, “God is light and in
Him is no darkness at all”, so how could He ever expect, require or demand that we
experience blindness in our faith? That is simply a contradiction of terms … it just
is not possible!
Blind faith is man’s concept … natural man thinking with a carnal
mind that simply cannot comprehend the things of God! To say that we are not to question
God is to misunderstand His love for us and the level of intimacy He desires us to
share with Him.
Dr. Timothy Hoflund