Looking Up: Faith vs RiskDaily Thoughts
Genesis 13:10 “Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt toward Zoar”
14-15 “The Lord said to Abraham after Lot had parted from him, “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land you see I will give to you and your offspring forever”
When we come to a decision in life or are looking ahead towards the future, we have a tendency to perceive it from a worldly perspective. How much will it cost? When will it happen? How could it be possible?…
However there is a principle in scripture of looking up and receiving our answer and direction from God. Both Abraham and Lot looked up and saw that the land before them was good, and so they trusted that God would bless them in the future. Their ‘looking down’ wasn’t staring at the ground all the time, but was looking at things through a worldly perspective. When they ‘looked up’, they looked up to God through the eyes of faith and saw what he was going to give them.
It find it funny that we often talk about faith and risk being the same thing, when actually they are complete opposites! When we look at a challenging situation through worldly eyes all we see is risk, we see the danger & the failure associated with it. However when we look at it through spiritual eyes, all we see is God’s faithfulness to provide. You see faith is actually seeing the answer in the spiritual. We can totally trust and rely on God because we have actually witnessed it in the spiritual dimension. We have that conviction and assurance that can only come by witnessing something. That’s why Jesus talks about having ‘eyes to see’, we all have spiritual eyes but do we use them to see what God wants us to see?
It is God who holds our future and it is God who gives faith. Therefore look up to God for your future and he will give you the faith you need to step into it! Right now me and Claire are looking for a place to live for when we get married (40 days left!). During this time I am having to believe that God will sustain us financially as we move into this next season. It’s easy to look at the risk, but we must choose to see things through the eyes of faith.