Saturday, August 20, 2016
One Day, Our Faith Will Be Sight ... But Not Yet
I finished the second week of radiation! One third of the way through! So far, I feel great but I do notice a slight redness in the radiated area. It is a little early to be seeing skin change, so I hope that is not a bad omen of what is to come.
In the attempt to avoid radiation from the sun, I washed my shirts in a special product that adds SPF protection to clothing. My new invention, my "Son-Cape" went in the special wash load to be sun-proofed as well.
However...how will I know if it really works? There is no visible change to the sun-proofed clothing. I just have to take the manufacturer's word for it. See, faith is required in so many areas of life. Faith that the products we buy really will do what they say they do, that the food we eat isn't filled with all kinds of harmful, undetectable chemicals or hormones, that the treatments doctors prescribe don't do more harm inside us than good. I have faith that the radiation is killing bad cells and letting good cells live, but I cannot see its invisible work in my body.
Life is one big faith-fest.
The question is not whether we have faith or not...all of us have faith. The question is what is our faith IN? Is it in something worth trusting, and what will be the repercussions if our faith is in the wrong things?
If our faith is in self, or other people, I guarantee we will be disappointed. Others fail us almost as often as we fail ourselves. And all you young, nubile studs and studdesses out there, your lovely body will fail you too. Just wait. If your faith is in good health, good looks, or even your good bank account that stretches into more zeros before the decimal than I will ever see, it will end in disillusionment and despair. Faith in those things will not sustain you in life.
The Bible says that "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1
If this were all the Bible said about faith, we would be misled. I hope for many things that are not necessarily in my best interests, or in the best interests of others. There are also many things I don't see that I hope for, like a million dollars. True sustaining faith must be more than hoping for unseen things.
The verse in Hebrews continues on:
For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
This clarifies matters a bit. It is by faith we are commended by God. Our faith is not in trivial matters but in the very one who created the entire universe. Furthermore, it is by this faith that we understand the source of all things. A very important point is made here. The universe was created out of unseen things, and became seen.
There will be a day when our faith will be rewarded. All will be revealed unequivocally. For those who put their faith in Jesus, they will see Him face to face, for all eternity. Those who chose to put their faith elsewhere will be more than disappointed!
Even more importantly, what is the outcome of faith in the right thing?
Here is a key verse:
The outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.1 Peter 1:9
The only faith worth having does not guarantee earthly health, wealth, or happiness. It guarantees eternity with God, the salvation of our souls. Right now, we don't see it, but we have the assurance of the unseen. One day what we hope for will be revealed, and we will be so glad we put our faith where it belongs.
It will be as though my Son-Cape suddenly visibly sparkled with sun-protectant angels holding shields that reflected the harmful UV rays. The blind will see. The light will have permanently penetrated the darkness. All will be made whole and perfect as it was intended from the beginning when God's first reported words to creation were: Let there be light.