“Faith is Sight”

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“Faith is sight” (19th Century Rev. W. Jones).


What a simple, yet profound way to express what we have been grappling with.


The finite can never grasp the Infinite, but yet – He is still seen and heard. 


Indeed, the pure in heart see Him (Matthew 5:8), but does that include me? I profess and confess, yet still grapple with giving Him all. 


“Faith is sight.”


Okay. Not because of what I do, but because I’ve had a heart transplant that I am pure in heart. My old one has actually been exchanged for His, so that now my whole nature beats to His very own pulse (Ezekiel 36:26). 


His heart always sees God, although He is the One Who was previously unseen (Hebrews 11:27). Now I too have this option: that of faithing His viewpoint of the Invisible One (1 Timothy 1:17).


Corneas, pupils and irises. Active to a degree, but they weren’t made for intangible. They can’t help me focus on the dimension of the heavenly.


“Faith is sight.”


We know Christ “has seen the Father” (John 6:46). And gradually we discover that receiving an exchanged heart includes the organ of spiritual sight. Peering through the lens of Christ, we have our first glimpse of the Father. 


Timid as we may feel, He beckons us forward: “Come and you will see” (John 1:39). 


The world lost view some two thousand years ago, but we may still behold Him (John 14:19). The One Whose eyes never close stays wide-awake, ready to reveal Himself day or night according to our desire to see (Psalm 121:4).


Yes, “faith is sight.”


And because of it, we are drawn toward the eternal as a moth to the light. 


Faith flies to heaven’s open door and picks up everything with her name on it. She believes the promises are available to her personally, and pushes aside her inadequacies on the basis of this sight (Romans 4:19-20). After all, it’s not about her, but about Him.


The “faith that sees” takes what is offered, and without full comprehension, watches the intangible become tangible. This Spirit-viewing faith acquires the unseen and waits for its manifestation before her very eyes. 


Oh Father,

Faith is sight – a new way of seeing and perceiving all that You have planned for us. 

Faith is sight – but I find myself still looking at what my physical eyes see.

Faith is sight – so I ask that You continue to grant me clarity and teach me to use these spiritual eyes for Your glory.

Faith is sight – You’ve prepared things for me which my mind can’t even comprehend (1 Corinthians 2:9). Give me the endurance to stay focused on that which is unseen (Hebrews 11:27).

Faith is sight – useful not just for peering at You, but also for a seeing others as You see them (2 Corinthians 5:16).

May it be, Lord. May faith be my sight.


Photo courtesy of Tom Clark