Too much vision can make you blind …
A key reason why our faith is feeble, or fails us, is because we tend to think faith is to be employed only for those times when we cannot see.
We need to exercise our faith, not just when we can’t see far enough down the road or around the corner, but also when everything seems to be right in front of us. We need to exercise our faith that God is directing our steps even when we can see where to place our feet because too much sight can lead to a lack of faith!
Charles Kettering once told the following story …
“When I was research head of General Motors and wanted a problem solved, I’d place a table outside the meeting room with a sign: ‘Leave slide rules here.’ If I didn’t do that, I’d find someone reaching for his slide rule. Then he’d be on his feet saying, ‘Boss, you can’t do it!'”
Faith isn’t something to employ when you have no other choice because you just can’t see anything, or see enough. It’s also something to exercise and rely on when the facts and realities are laying in front of you. That’s because if you look at it with your own human limitations, and just that, you’ll miss what true possibilities there are with God. For example, it was what the king and army of Israel could see when a giant of a man challenged it that resulted in paralyzing both; but when a teenage boy added faith in God to the reality of a hostile Goliath, a giant was slain and God was glorified.
Regardless of what you can see in front of and around you, there is always a spiritual dimension in play that you may not have the eyes for but still must be factored into every decision and every step …
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places,” Ephesians 6:12.
Are you living by faith at all times? Is your life a walk of faith, or do you stifle faith when you think you’ve got everything in sight and can handle things yourself?