We are all familiar with the phrase ” seeing is believing”, and many people have explained that if they did not see something with their own natural eyes there was no way that they were going to be convinced that it actually happened.
Paul begged to differ when he wrote in Hebrews 11: 1 ” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. When it comes to faith, we BELIEVE and then we SEE. God wants us to bring us to a place where against all odds, we believe.
In 2 Kings 4: 24, there is the account of a mother who watched her son draw his last breath. The natural response for most moms in that situation would have been to start bawling and wailing, attracting the attention of all who were in earshot. In a few minutes, her home would have been filled with mourners and people expressing condolences, asking a million questions, talking about what a good child he was, and telling the Mom that everything is in God’s hands and he knows best.
I love this mom because, despite the odds, she believed. Her son was dead and naturally she should have called the undertaker and started planning a funeral. Instead, she pulled out her faith lenses and went into action. Through the eyes of faith, she saw her son completing college, starting a career, and getting married. I believe she was looking forward to becoming a Grandma. You see this was her only child, she got him in her old age after years of barrenness. His birth was a miracle and she was not going to sit by and watch her blessing die.
I am happy that she went straight back to the source for help. Psalms 46: 1 tells us that ” God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”. I believe that she said in her heart ” the warranty is still in effect, but the boy is dead, so the Prophet will have to come and rectify this situation”. When the Prophet tried to send his servant to help, she was adamant that Elisha should come himself, she was not settling for second best neither was she taking NO for an answer. The long and short of the story is that through faith, she fought death and won.
How many of us, have watched our dreams die? and instead of boldly going to God ( Hebrews 4: 16), we planned “funerals” invited the fat lady to sing sad songs, and rolled the stone in front of the “tomb” of our dreams, careers, friendships, marriages, children, financial issues, mental issues, and the list can go on and on.
I challenge us to keep believing even when things are not adding up because God still specializes in the impossible. I believe he is waiting for us to challenge him like the Mom in 2 Kings 24. Let us go back to the source of the blessings – Proverbs 10: 22 ” the blessings of the lord maketh rich and he addeth no sorrow with it”, and ask him to fix it. Many times the devil shows up his ugly head and tries to rob us of what God blessed us with, we must not sit by and idly allow him to take what some of us took years of prayers and fasting to receive.
Don’t give up, don’t give in, and don’t throw up your hands in despair. Just take God at his word. Remind him of what he said in Isaiah 55: 11 “….. my word will not return void, but it shall accomplish that which I please”. Let faith arise in our hearts, keep believing and you will eventually see and receive all that God has in store for you.