Faith and the unknown

Wandering in the dark, the unknown is unsettling and we shrink from it. Menacing shapes appear before us as we struggle to contain our nerves. We come upon several doors and are unsure which one to select because the consequences are too ominous.

We long for a guide, someone of wisdom and sight, to lead us to safety and into the light.

Life is filled with ambiguities that make life challenging. In a dark world, we can easily become lost without direction. God provides for us so we can maneuver through life’s obstacles. Faith is our dependable compass.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV).

Faith provides insight into the unknown; the things God can see that our fleshly eyes cannot behold. As we roam the battlefield, clothed in our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-17), “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Meaning, we utilize our spiritual vision rather than our fleshly eyes to guide us through life. Accordingly, they illuminate new aspects of our existence and make life more fulfilling.

How can we gain this new vision?

First, we must enter Christ, so we can see in his realm (Romans 5:6-11; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27; 1 John 1:9; Ephesians 2:8-10).

Second, we fill ourselves with God’s truths (2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 10:17), so we can be armed with knowledge. Spiritual naivet√© is even more dangerous than its physical counterpart.

Third, we learn from those experienced in negotiating the spiritual realm. We gain insight into the victories and defeats of older Christians, so we can learn their lessons.

Fourth, we realize that only by faith can we hope to survive (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is our only recourse against the savagery of Satan. Together, we walk to heaven, as a spiritual family (Ephesians 2:19; cf. Romans 12:1-2).

The unknown becomes less frightening when we have the wisdom of the ages at our disposal. Satan still wins battles because of our weaknesses (Romans 3:23), yet we can win the war and spend eternity with our Savior, where the evil one can never again touch us (John 14:1-6).

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