FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 10, 2013) -- So, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck …you know the rest! But then, maybe we should take a closer look! There is a Bible verse that directs righteous people to “live by faith and not by sight.” You may have seen the movie, “The Book of Eli” in which the main character, Eli, pushes his way through a very hazardous and lawless world of post-nuclear destruction, the result of a thermonuclear blast. Eli, played by Denzel Washington, faced this dangerous scenario with the heroic dexterity of a Chuck Norris, and it was not revealed until the end of the story that he was totally blind yet facing every obstacle and walking out every step with focused faith.
Though this dramatic movie was fictional, it portrays a truth of how God would have righteous people to live – not in heaven, but here on Earth – which is to say that living by faith is really a very practical thing. I myself am not physically blind, I have a corrected 20/20 vision, I can see colors and I can still hear fairly well. Like most, I take in a tremendous amount of visual and audible information. Even so, I cannot depend on just what I see and hear because it might only be partially true, a distortion and even a deception. It might look and sound like a duck, but it might be a very authentic looking decoy!
I don’t have the time, money or energy for delusions and deceptions. I need to base decisions on what is true. I need a direct line to truth, and I may not find that on the internet or television or in a meeting or forum. Reality or truth will most likely transcend current news as well as popular ideas and cultural moods or trends. And with all due respect, reality or truth may also elude the chosen professionals or SMEs.
In order to live our life in reality and good functionality we need to know and live in the light of truth; we need to hear from God. We need to also use that spiritual sense of “faith” that cannot be deceived or mistaken. We can learn to see and hear and make our best analysis based on faith to a much greater degree. And I am sure that many who are in fact physically blind can attest to this in a unique way.
We can engage our spiritual senses, just as we do our eyes and ears, for the many practical matters and activities of each and every day. One great source of spiritual insight comes from the sermons, the hymns or songs, and the sacred scriptures in our place of worship. Find a place of worship and ministry where you can see and hear from God.