Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

When Faith Gives Way to Sight

ISAIAH 33:17 – Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.”

Read the opening nine words of today’s scripture. Now, go back and do it again. Okay. One more time. Did we feel it? Did we sense the overwhelming majesty of what is being told to us? Think about the day when we trade our faith for sight. We go from living a life of reliance upon the Lord Jesus by trust in His Word to seeing Him face-to-face and being exposed to the indescribable beauty of His perfect love and holiness. And this is Who we are going to see – Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades (Revelation 1:12-18).

Tired believer, weary child of God, and afflicted Christian who is exhausted in body, mind, and soul on the dangerous journey called “the Christian life”, look away from your circumstances, get your mind off your tough situations, and direct your heart to look up toward your coming King. He is coming in all His beauty, and soon, we will see him with these sure promises coming true before our very eyes – Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:1-5) Let the certainty of our faith giving way to sight strengthen us to walk still yet another day pleasing to the Lord in all we say, think, and do