By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Our eyes can sometimes play tricks on us. Optical illusions fool us into thinking we’re seeing something different than what is actually there. People can get hallucinations from fever or illness or using certain drugs. Our eyesight can fail us. Some people are blind and cannot see at all, while others need glasses or contacts in order to be able to see clearly. Our vision can be distorted or blocked by something in our way, or we can simply close our eyes and refuse to look at what is right in front of us. We can’t always trust our vision, and yet often we try to depend too much on what we see.
But faith is trusting what we can’t see, what we can’t know, what we can’t discern. Moses had faith strong enough to go against mighty Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He went against a man who could absolutely crush him, but he knew Almighty God was behind him. Before all the miracles, he trusted God and believed He would deliver them according to His word. Moses went out with such faith that it was like he could see God.
Sometimes we have to go not knowing what we might face. Sometimes we have to go knowing what we will face and that it will be challenging and difficult and scary. But faith is knowing God is there when we can’t see Him. Faith is knowing God is working and moving even when it seems like nothing is happening. Faith is knowing God did it before and can do it again. Faith is relying on God instead of what we can see.
What can we do to have faith so strong, it is like seeing the invisible? First of all, we have to exercise our faith. If we never take a step based solely on faith, we won’t know what it’s like to really trust God. We’ll be depending on ourselves, someone else, or our circumstances. Secondly, we must pray and seek God. By His grace, He will strengthen our faith, though it might involve a difficult situation. We can also recall times in the past where God was faithful. Remembering what happened when we stepped out in faith before will give us assurance that He will come through for us now and in the future.
Our vision can be unreliable, but God will never fail us. He is always dependable and always faithful. Let’s strive in our lives to learn to lean more on God than ever before. Let’s trust wholeheartedly in His Word and His promises. Let’s close our eyes and lean back into His arms and learn to see Him who is invisible.