where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8)
This is faith without sight. Seeing is not faith but reasoning. When
crossing the Atlantic by ship, I once observed this very principle
of faith. I saw no path marked out on the sea, nor could I even
see the shore. Yet each day, we marked our progress on a chart as
if we had been following a giant chalk line across the water. And
when we came within sight of land on the other side of the
Atlantic, we knew exactly where we were, as if we had been able
to see it from three thousand miles away.
How had our course been so precisely plotted? Every day,
our captain had taken his instruments, looked to the sky, and
determined his course by the sun. He was sailing using heavenly
lights, not earthly ones.
Genuine faith also looks up and sails, by using God’s great
Son. It never travels by seeing the shoreline, earthly lighthouses,
or paths along the way. And the steps of faith often lead to
total uncertainty or even darkness and disaster, but the Lord will
open the way and often makes the darkest of midnight hours
as bright as the dawning of the day.
Let us move forth today, not knowing or seeing, but trusting.
Too many of us want to see our way through a new endeavour
before we will even start. Imagine if we could see our
way from beginning to end. How would we ever develop
our Christian gifts? Faith, hope, and love cannot be picked
from trees, like ripe apples. Remember, after the words “In
the beginning” (Gen. 1:1) comes the word “God.” It is
our first step of faith that turns the key in the lock of His
powerhouse. It is true that God helps those who help
themselves, but He also helps those who are helpless. So no
matter your circumstance, you can depend on Him every
Waiting on God brings us to the end of our journey
much faster than our feet.
Many an opportunity is lost while we deliberate after He has