When I was a little girl, I always wondered why I couldn’t see my face without a mirror. Oh I tried and tried but just couldn’t do it. I remember a girl in my elementary school who I told that I was trying to see my whole face without a mirror she just laugh and said that it was impossible because didn’t make a way for us to see our faces. Oh how I was sad and furious why I could see other people faces but not my own without a mirror. Soon I accepted that I couldn’t do it and gave up.
How often do you give up when you don’t see anything, or can’t see?
I was reading John 11 a couple of days ago yes it is where Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead but also there is a part that shows the high priest Caiaphas had prophesied that Jesus death will bring back the scattered people uniting them. What amazed me this John 11 is that people Martha, Mary, Caiaphas could only see as far as they could see.
When Jesus was told that Lazarus was dying He stayed at the place he was for two more days, and his disciples couldn’t figure out why. Jesus says in verses 11-15; after he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going to go to wake him up. His disciples replied then let him sleep he will get better Jesus had been speaking about Lazarus death but the disciple thought he was talking natural sleep. So then he told them plainly. “Lazarus is dead and for your sake I was not there so you may believe. But let us go to him. Then Thomas said to the rest of the disciples Let us also go that we may die with them.” See here the disciples only saw what was in front of them they couldn’t believe that Jesus could do anything more. Are you in a situation now that it seems impossible? Are you seeing something that just couldn’t happen at all? Let’s look at Martha
Martha told Jesus that if he had been there that her brother would not die, but if Jesus asked God even to raise her brother from the dead God will do it. Martha saw that Jesus could do the impossible, she saw something greater, knew that He was the resurrection and life, and believed. Can you believe that Jesus can do more than what you are seeing? Can you believe that he can do the impossible?
Caiaphas who was the high priest, at the time when Jesus was alive here on the earth; and the religious leaders were plotting to figure out how to kill Jesus. They wanted to know what if the Romans came down on them and wiped out the nation because of Jesus, because Jesus didn’t look like a fighter or a warrior or even a king to rescue them, oh they would lose their place in society. So Caiaphas said in verses 49-52; You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation. He did not say this on his own, but as a high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. I bet what Caiaphas saw that this would unite the Jewish nation. I bet that he saw that this would save the Jewish nation. Little did he know that he prophesied what will happen after Jesus rose from the grave bring the scatter back to God. What was in front of Caiaphas was that there was a rebellion brewing, he couldn’t see beyond that! What do you see in front of you that God has said that will or will not happen? Can you believe it? Do you interpret differently what God is telling you plainly because you can’t see or understand it?
It is hard to see beyond what we see with our human eyes. Sometimes God ask us to see beyond it even when we don’t understand. Sometimes it is to show His power in your life, to show other’s that He is real and alive. Sometime it is to test us where our faith lies. Look at Thomas; “Let us die with him,” or “I will believe it when I put my fingers through his nail pierced hands.” The reality is that God calls us to see beyond ourselves.
I know I do this often, the reason why I can’t believe is that I want to keep it real. Sometimes we fall into realism. That if it is not in front of us we can’t believe. God can be yelling at you to believe and trust. When you constantly say this can’t happen or God can’t do this you are not only limiting God, you are not speaking in faith. Remember the children of Israel “We can’t attack that land we will be eliminated!” Joshua and Caleb “God is with us we can do it.” Remember what happened? Are you prepared to lose a blessing because of your constant unbelief? Are you prepared to lose a blessing of a job because you think you are not qualified but you have heard God say apply? Are you prepared to lose a potential good thing in a spouse because you say that you are not in the right place to get married or the person is out of your league so why even pursue but you have heard God say go after her/him? Are you prepared to lose a ministry opportunity to tell your neighbor, grocer, relative because you feel that your story/sharing the gospel is inadequate, God tells you to go?
God is calling for us and me especially to ask Him to show us the possible when we see the impossible, to see beyond what we can see. God can enable us to see beyond what we see in our human eyes. This is sometimes a moment by moment thing, for we walk by faith and not by sight. See that where it is, God is calling us to faith-ism to walk by faith and not see with our eyes. He wants us to see the impossible, be like Joshua and Caleb acknowledging that God can do the possible when it looks impossible.
Accept Truth: God is the one that can make things look impossible, possible. We need to believe and trust that He can and will do it. We cannot trust our eyes we must be blind to what we see with our human eyes and see with our spiritual eyes. God can do it and he will do it in his time.