Seeing God, Seeing You

It is sometimes the case that we don’t see or feel the Lord’s presence in our lives. We pray and yet our words are met with painful silence. We cry and yet not comforted. We worry and yet peace escapes us still. We grope. We stumble. We struggle. 

Does this mean God isn’t there?

One writer once said that faith doesn’t mean that you see God but that God sees you. No matter how dark. No matter how difficult. No matter how scary. It is that firm conviction that your life is safe regardless of your circumstances because even if you don’t see the way, God does. It is that unyielding confidence and that obstinate certainty that seeing God isn’t as important as God seeing you.

Isn’t it true that we always begin a day without any idea how that day will turn out? Our vision is limited. Our view of the future imperfect. Our ability to foresee what lies ahead is pretty much restricted by our fears, our doubts, our self-preoccupation and even by our previous experiences in life. But it doesn’t change the fact that no matter what that day will bring, God still made that day for you. The bible says:

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

And if God made that day for you, there is nothing that will happen on that day that God did not ordain. And since we believe that God loves us, then we can be assured that any circumstance that God will allow on that day will be motivated by nothing less than His great and boundless love for you.

So be brave, my friend. You may not see God so much. But He definitely sees you. And that unqualified truth will be enough to get you through this day victoriously!

In Christ,

Bobby

Optimism or Faith

Nowadays, with the influx of self-help gurus and motivational speakers, it is quite difficult to distinguish an unyielding positive attitude from deep and genuine faith.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe in the importance of both. But it is essential that we don’t mix up the two. Otherwise, the devil can make us believe that we have faith when all we’ve got really is just optimism. And when this happens, we might end up frustrated, hurt or even disappointed with God.

Allow me to try to distinguish the two…

Optimism is believing in what you can do while Faith is believing in what God can do for and through you;

Optimism is maintaining a positive attitude to attain success for yourself while Faith is maintaining a trusting attitude to attain success for God’s plans;

Optimism is boxing God according to your will while Faith is giving God the freedom to fulfill His will for your life;

Optimism is cornering God into your own plans while Faith is yielding to God’s perfect plans for your life;

Optimism is saying “God will grant the desires of my heart” while Faith is saying “God will grant the desires of my heart for as long as they are in line with the desires of His heart”;

Optimism says that “God will do this for me” while Faith says “God will do this for me for as long as it is good for me”;

Optimism relies primarily in what God will do while Faith relies primarily in who God is.

God answers our prayers not according to our deeds but according to our needs. Today, let us approach the Lord not only with optimism, but more importantly, in faith.

Optimism might take you to your heart’s desires. But faith will take you to the heart of God.

In Christ,

Bobby