Today’s Reading: Psalms 63-69
Today’s Reflection: Psalms 66:5
Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
I’ve heard many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, speak of blind faith—the idea that we ought to follow what we are told is the Word of God with no attempt to verify, test, prove or challenge what we’re hearing. Some are firmly committed to the concept believing it to be the only way to truly serve God. Others have fallen away from belief in God entirely because they believe blind faith means ‘turning off’ their rational minds.
Interestingly, the phrase blind faith never appears anywhere in scripture. But texts like today’s reflection text do, inviting us to ‘come and see what God has done’ and to admire His awesome deeds.
I don’t believe in blind faith, and I don’t believe God requires it of us either. When He asked Israel to follow Him, He did so on the basis of having already freed them from slavery in Egypt (Joshua 24:1-18). When He asked Abram to leave his home and his family to journey to Canaan, Abram had already been given the example of his father Terah attempting the same journey (Genesis 11:31-32). When Joseph dreamed of his brothers and mother and father bowing down to him (Genesis 37:1-11), he could look back at the life of his father Jacob and the prophetic dreams he had (Genesis 28:10-17). All great men of faith have an even greater reason for their faith.
When God asks us to have faith, yes He is asking us to believe in something we cannot yet be certain of, but He has already shown us something that should give us a reason to believe. Walking by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) doesn’t mean closing our eyes, it means surrendering our sight to God who sees the things we cannot yet see.
As we ‘come and see’ the great things God has done, we find a foundation for our faith, and we find strength to continue walking in faith, believing in the things He has promised He will do.