Looking at God
“… fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)
Faith is the least self-regarding of the virtues. It is by its very nature scarcely conscious of its own existence. Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves— blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One. While he looks at Christ the very things he has so long been trying to do will be getting done within him. It will be God working in him to will and to do.
Faith is not in itself a meritorious act; the merit is in the One toward Whom it is directed. Faith is a redirecting of our sight, a getting out of the focus of our own vision and getting God into focus. Sin has twisted our vision inward and made it self-regarding. Unbelief has put self where God should be, and is perilously close to the sin of Lucifer who said, “I will set my throne above the throne of God.” Faith looks out instead of in and the whole life falls into line.
All this may seem too simple. But we have no apology to make. To those who would seek to climb into heaven after help or descend into hell God says, “The word is nigh Thee, even the word of faith.” The word induces us to lift up our eyes unto the Lord and the blessed work of faith begins.
When we lift our inward eyes to gaze upon God we are sure to meet friendly eyes gazing back at us, for it is written that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout all the earth. The sweet language of experience is “Thou seest me.” When the eyes of the soul looking out meet the eyes of God looking in, heaven has begun right here on this earth.
-A.W. Tozer (excerpted from The Pursuit of God)
When Jesus was on earth, the Bible doesn’t say that he was amazed at anyone’s singing voice, or other skill or accomplishment; but it does say that he was amazed when he found someone who had faith. How is it for you today? Do you feel you are lacking in your faith in God? The Bible says, “Build yourself up in your most holy faith” (Jude 20). We do this by spending time in his presence and in his Word, and in fellowship with God’s people. We can also ask him to increase our faith, as the early disciples did. Let’s do this today, for our God is pleased when we have faith in him and in his wonderful promises to us.
Read Hebrews 12:1-3.