“Well, I just don’t see how…”
How many times have we said those words? Heard those words? We base so much on what we can see and understand. Not everything, mind you. But so much. We claim to be a people of faith, but still rely so very heavily on what we can see.
I’m convicted by the beginning of the great faith chapter, Hebrews 11.
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3
Do we get this? Really and truly? I don’t think we do. Because if we did, then when would we ever doubt God’s ability to work, provide, take care of, and solve? We wouldn’t. We couldn’t!
Think about it. God spoke, and it was. All of creation. It was just there. I don’t know exactly how it happened or how much time it took. This is not the time or place to argue the range of ideas from a literal six day creation to theistic evolution. The point is that God did it. But He did not form the worlds out of materials just lying around. No, God spoke, and it was.
God hasn’t used up any of His power. He’s not less capable now simply because we live thousands of years later. He is the same God with the same power.
But whenever we claim that we cannot see a possible solution, we are ignoring that power. Even worse, we are denying it. We are claiming that God’s solutions can only come from what we can see.
I have a news flash. First of all, we don’t see everything. There are things that are visible even if they aren’t visible to us. God can use them. But there’s more. There are solutions that are not visible! Have you checked out a science book lately? All of those intricate aspects of nature that scientists just can’t figure out are things that God made out of nothing. Still think He can’t meet your needs just because you can’t see how?
I would love to see “I don’t see how” disappear from my vocabulary. It’s true, I can’t see how. But, when I speak those words, I speak them with a resignation. I speak them with the hint that a solution is impossible.
But wait a minute. Maybe I don’t want the words to disappear. Maybe I just want the attitude to change. Instead of speaking them from a heart of resignation and despair, I’d love to speak them from a heart of joy, excitement, and anticipation. Because when I can’t see how something can possibly work out, that means that God is going to step in with something that is beyond what I can see. What an exciting thought that is!
No, we don’t see how…isn’t it awesome?!