Do you remember when you were a kid and you discovered what a magnifying glass was? You probably remember holding it up to your face and moving close, then far away to see what things looked like through this fascinating lens. There were so many things that are ordinary everyday objects that all of the sudden became extraordinary again because you were able to see the finer microscopic details. Of course if you were a little exploratory, you would soon discover the sun and this clear thing on the end of a handle could make….fire! How? You weren’t to sure, but you knew that if the sun was out, you were going to find something to sizzle in a glorious bath of concentrated light.
When you put things under a magnifying glass, you can see clearly in that very small space what the world looks like. What about the things you cant’t see though? I would invite you to go to scripture with me as we dive into this together.
One of my favorite books of the Bible also contains my favorite verse in the Bible: Hebrews. Hebrews 11:1 says: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Let’s pause for a second, I want you to understand the context of this verse before we go any further. This verse sets the tone for the entire eleventh chapter of Hebrews which talks about how, “By faith…” many prominent people from the old testament were able to accomplish incredible things through God. Walls fell, fear did not win, and blessings were imparted all because these people put faith in God.
When we start to begin the sentence of each new chapter of our lives with, “By faith…”, I think this takes the magnifying glass out of our hands so we can stop focusing on every little detail in our lives and let God concentrate his light in our lives. I do not need to see what is coming next in my life, nor do I need to worry about it (Matthew 6:25-34) because by faith I can have confidence that God has a plan for me.
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