Being very much of the earth—earthy—we always want tangible, visible things: proofs, demonstrations, something to latch on to. If we always have them, of course faith would be “struck blind.” When Jesus hung on a cross, the challenge was flung at Him: Come down! He stayed nailed, not so that spectators would be satisfied (that miracle, His coming down, would have been a great crowd-pleaser), but that the world might be saved.
Many of our prayers are directed toward the quick and easy solution. Long-suffering is sometimes the only means by which the greater glory of God will be served, and this is, for the moment, invisible. We must persist in faith. God has a splendid purpose. Believe in order to see it.
Our troubles are slight and short-lived: and their outcome an eternal glory which outweighs them far. Meanwhile our eyes are fixed, not on the things that are seen, but on the things that are unseen (2 Cor. 4:17-18).
*Excerpt originally published in “A Lamp Unto My Feet”, p. 33-34.