Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things. Isaiah 40:26
I have often wondered about God’s definition of faith.
I mean, I know the verses about faith, but I often come away from reading them feeling as if I might not have the kind of faith the Bible talks about.
Not the unwavering under any circumstances, never doubting at all kind of faith that I thought God required of me.
Then, while reading a small book “In Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer, I am rethinking what I “know” about faith. I won’t go into all of what Tozer says, (I do recommend the book for those of you who are interested), but in the end, he espouses that “faith” means keeping our eyes on God; looking up to him in every situation.
I’m still pondering this definition, but it seems to me that it makes sense. I can be keeping my eyes on God – looking towards Him, when I am afraid and expecting Him to answer.
I can be looking up to God, asking him to take away my doubts and help me to rely on Him and His word.
When I’m not sure where this road will lead, I can look up to God, in faith, and tell Him I am afraid.
It doesn’t mean I have no faith. It means I need to look to Him.
I can look to Him, and wonder why something is happening – yet do it with my eyes on Him, knowing He IS there.
Looking up to God – looking for Him in my life – expecting Him to help me through – can all be done in “faith”.
Now, I don’t know if this definition is accurate. But I’m not finding things to refute the possibility that looking at God, looking up to Him for answers – whatever they may be - is all the faith that I need for right now.
Father God, I pray that, as you teach us to lift up our eyes to You, that our faith will increase. Help us to become aware of the times our focus is not on You and on our problems instead. Help us to bring everything before Your throne – expecting that you will hear us and heed our cries. Amen and amen.
Originally published April 2012 TodaysEncouragagingWordOnline.com (site loads slowly!)