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The Eye of Faith!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Hebrews 11:1-3

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible."

If someone were to ask you to define faith, would you have an intelligent answer? How do you describe something as intangible as faith? Is there a Scriptural basis and framework for faith? Beyond defining faith, do you possess the kind of faith that is pleasing to God?

I feel that we often define faith by simply quoting today's Scripture and leaving it at that. It is certainly a fantastic description of what faith is, but do we really capture the meaning? Words will remain only words without some way to attach them to a meaningful picture.

I have often visualized faith in this manner. Imagine with me that it is the afternoon on a warm summer day. The thought suddenly comes to you that an ice cream cone would taste wonderful. Three blocks away is the home of Friendly Fred's Forty Flavor Ice Cream Emporium and Fitness Gym. (That last part is just for the conscience).

On the walk down to Friendly Fred's, you try to think about some of the flavors that Fred has to offer. You suddenly recall that Fred has cherry chocolate delight with caramel streamers. (I doubt that there is such a flavo.r). As you think of the cone, you imagine two scoops piled onto the cone and spreading over the side. You can even picture having to lick the sweet tasting ice cream around the edge of the cone before it melts and runs down the side of the cone. Ahh, Yes!!

Here comes the question. At what point do we begin to enjoy the ice cream cone? You are so right! It is the moment that we begin to visualize the cone and imagine what it will taste like. It is seeing in our mind what is going to be a reality, even though we have not yet walked through the doors of Fred's Emporium.

Faith is choosing to see what God desires for us even when the thing has not yet come into being. The writer of Hebrews has chosen chapter eleven to serve as the "Hall of Faith." He presents men and women of faith who had trusted God, even when it seemed that the thing hoped for was impossible. Here is the list: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses' parents, Moses, Joshua and Rahab and millions of martyrs across the ages.

In our modern time, science, so-called, has attempted to brainwash students into believing that we are the result of the evolutionary model. They claim that it was not a Supreme God who created all things, but tiny micronisms interacted with other elements around them, and can you believe it---amazingly, life was formed. BEEEP! Sorry, but that takes more faith than I can muster. Yes--evolution does require faith--the wrong kind!

It is a howl to observe the way atheistic scientists have stretched the truth far beyond the breaking point to prove their theory of evolution. In light of thousands of scientific findings in support of creation, they go further and further afield to find support. Running out of ways to show that life evolved here on earth, now some have proposed that life evolved from some other planet - Mars! That is simply to place the problem beyond the bounds of this world. The question still remains, how did it start there?

Moses gives the answer, and one which is to be received by faith. God framed the worlds, the universe by His powerful word. He spoke, and it came into being! It is not necessary to have the creation theory proven before we believe God's Word. We believe God's Word and then see the confirmation of His Word by His creation!

Here is the bottom line. The Almighty God, who created all things by the power of His Word is certainly able to deal with the problems we encounter in our life. How do we access that power? By faith! It is not a matter of waiting to see some great miracle and then believe---we believe and then watch for His miracles. I fear that we have missed many of God's miracles because we have failed to look for them.

I hope I can get this last thought across. It has to do with what we see through faith. In place of the "I" in faith, picture a big eye ball. So here we go. Whatever you have been praying and trusting God to accomplish, visualize it through the eye of - - - FA<I>TH!!!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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