Walking by Faith: The Sight of Blindness

Snow-capped mountains, violet valleys, peaceful sands;

Earthquake ruins, flooded towns, tsunami whiplash.

We view the beauty, witness destruction, wonder why.

With mortal eyes, we watch; with spiritual eyes, we see.

Human vision is dim; Spiritual faith is Light.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”  (II Corinthians 5:7 )

With all that our eyes can witness and watch in the world around us and beyond us, we cannot truly see/understand the creation of God and the ways of God unless we have the faith that suspends physical sight, interpretation, explanation, and analysis. Science demands a logical, tested, proven reason and answer. Faith accepts the Creator—and He is the reason and the answer.

When we close our eyes, the full panorama of the mountains, the valleys, and the sands can be seen, not merely the captured snapshot of what is   physically before us with open eyes. What we can envision in this “blindness” is far greater than what we can view in the limitation of physical sight. Such is the power of inner light, what we see “by faith, not by sight.”

Through the outer light of physical sight, we view the destruction–the  earthquake ruins, flooded towns, tsunami whiplash. Through the inner Light of spiritual faith, we see beyond the destruction and find the child under the collapsing debris, the woman unable to swim in flood waters, the man trapped in the pull of the wave. We change our focus to see the person, the need, and we listen to hear their cries. This happens through a God-Light within us that emits Light when we obey Him in faith.

 “Behold, a King will reign in righteousness
The eyes of those who see will not be dim,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.” (
Isaiah 32:1-3)

When we follow the King, we walk by faith, we see with faith, and we hear in faith. In the physical sense, we are blind to the world’s view- but we are not blinded, for we have our faith and can see much more than those who view life without God-Light. Our eyes are not dim, for by faith we gain   understanding and perception; our ears are not dull, for through faith we are able to listen, not just hear.

A computer can “see” mountains, valleys, sands, ruins, floods, tsunamis. It cannot close its eyes and activate a God-Light within its parts and pieces. It has no conscience, no consciousness, no soul-and human scientists cannot create this inner Light. The sight of blindness, illumed in faith from one Source, will light our way up the mountains of life, down through its beautiful valleys, and across its scorching sands. It will lead us out of the debris of self-pity, save us from the floods of emotion, and lift us out of the tsunami waves that threaten to drown us in discouragement and loss of hope. If only, we walk by faith in the sight of blindness to shine His Light within us.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 09/27/2020) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

OPEN THE DOOR TO JESUS

Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.

(Revelation 3:20)

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In a recent Facebook post, the picture presented is of a door standing alone without a structure around it, an unopened door positioned in the middle of the woods. Should it be opened? The message is that the year 2020 has too many surprises to dare open the door and walk through to what might be on the other side. Even though the picture reveals woods behind, why is the door out there in the middle of nowhere? Is there something to fear?

“Doors present themselves to us in various places and times in our lives. Should they be opened slightly with a peek, opened slowly with caution, boldly opened with anticipation, or not opened at all? Caution may be the wiser option with “doors.” Think before proceeding. Pray before contemplating the “what ifs.” Seek God for wisdom.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)

Even in the year 2020, when there is so much uncertainty, the door that is open to all without fear is waiting. If we have the faith to enable us to hear His knock, hearken to His voice, and, then, open this door without fear, we will find ourselves in the presence of Jesus.

I am the door; if any one enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9)

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.”  (John 10:27-28)

The “doors” we encounter during this year 2020 may present challenges when opened. But we know, through faith, that there is a door we can open always in our hearts, at any time, where Jesus awaits to give us hope, direction, peace, and love.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?

(Psalm 27:1)

The door in the woods, standing alone, can be circumvented by walking around it to encounter the beauty of the forest. There is no fear or superstition here. God is on the other side in His creation. Jesus is on the other side when we open the door to Him where He awaits entrance into our hearts. Keeping the door open to Him is how we face the fears, superstitions, anxieties, and worries of other “doors” in our life path.

“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)

I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)

WE MUST OPEN THE DOOR TO JESUS.

IT IS THE ONLY DOOR THAT MATTERS.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 08/30/2020)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word