Eyes of Faith

September 1 — Mark 8:14–21

He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” (Mark 8:21)

There is saying that “seeing is believing.” But, in the realm of faith, this is not necessarily true. In fact, Hebrews 11:1 would indicate that the substance of real faith is something not seen. Faith is not seeing with your eyes. Faith is seeing with your heart. God wants our heart focused on Him so we can truly “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). However, many if not most of us would have to confess that we often walk by sight alone. We sometimes forget what God has done and fail to trust Him based on His faithfulness. This is nothing new.

In Mark, chapter 8, we find a portrait — a collage if you will — of faith. Perhaps a more accurate description would be a collage of a lack of faith. In the center of this collage is a picture of the Twelve suffering from what could be called a case of “dense” faith. Like many other times during His years with them, Jesus’ words didn’t seem to connect with the apostles. In Mark 8:15, Jesus makes a comment about watching out for the “yeast of the Pharisees,” referring to a recent encounter where the religious leaders still asked for a miraculous sign moments after Jesus had just performed one (Mark 8:11ff). The apostles, however, thought he was chastising them for not having any bread with them. Jesus just shook His head.

“Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?”
“Guys,” Jesus seemed to be saying, “After all we’ve been through together and all that you have seen, why is your faith still so weak and shallow? Don’t you understand that I am able to do abundantly more than you could ever ask or think?”
Does Jesus say the same thing to us today? Have we failed to see with our hearts the possibilities and promises of Christ? Are we still so tied to what we see in the here and now that we can’t see with eyes of faith? Ask Jesus to open your spiritual eyes today and walk with an air of expectancy of what He will do.