"Faith means believing in God's sovereignty. It means trusting He is on the throne, in command of all things, and working through every circumstance that comes our way. When we have that kind of faith, we have peace in the midst of trails. But when we forget God's sovereignty, troubling circumstances cause us to despair. We survey the landscape with our eyes instead of with our faith" (Chuck Smith, Faith ,6).
We all have those moments. Moments when we're trudging through, checking things off the list, just trying to get to the end of the task and move on. We see the imperfections. The tasks we don't like to do, the children who won't listen, the husband whose far away for the holidays, the baby that won't sleep at nights. We focus, we fume, we bemoan our circumstances, our trials seem the greatest, our hardships the most.
And then, we get a well needed reminder that this world isn't about us. No, it never has been. And if, we truly believe that God is in control, that He is Lord over all, then we have no reason to be fretting. No reason to be toiling, bemoaning our lot in life.
Because He has it taken care of.
He's El D'eot.
He's our All-Knowing God.
He can see all things.
My human brain forgets this sometimes. I view the circumstances around me with human eyes. I see the shortcomings. I see the things that didn't work out the way I wanted to. I see the failures, instead of seeing the world around me with faith. Faith eyes instead of human eyes. Faith that God's in control. That He sees the full picture. Faith that He created my life, and the lives of my children, with intention. With purpose. Faith that He saw every moment, every trial, every heartache, every triumph, every victory, before my very first day on this earth began.
For it was You who created my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You
because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful,
and I know this very well.
My bones were not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was formed in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in Your book and planned
before a single one of them began.
Psalm 139: 13-16
He saw me, and everything I would face in this life, before my first moment on this earth began. Nothing is out of His knowledge. He knows all things.
Having faith gives us all peace. And oh how we need peace in this world. Circumstances around us are anything but peaceful. There's always stressors, tragedies, concerns popping up. Things are always calling our attention, things will always be less than perfect. Peace in the midst of trials. Such a gift that can only come from the King of Kings. Something I desire each and everyday. A peace that truly passes understanding. That doesn't make any logical sense. Why would we have peace when the world is upside down? Why would we experience peace when the world around us is chaotic? It's truly undeserved, this peace. But it's desired.
"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful" ( John 14:27, HCSB).
A peace that's different, unique. A peace that we get when we look at this life with faith.
What eyes will you use to view the world around you today? Human eyes or faith eyes? How do faith eyes change your perspective on specific issues? Where/How can you see God's provision?