Unveiling Faith: A Divine Lens for Life’s Struggles

Navigating through life’s hardships can sometimes feel like you’re fumbling in the dark. But, even in these murky times, there’s an extraordinary tool at our disposal: the eyes of faith. This spiritual vision is akin to turning on a flashlight in the darkness, illuminating the path ahead and allowing us to see beyond the obstacles in our path to the divine plan of God.

Picture this. You’re taking a snapshot with your phone in portrait mode. Your focus object pops with sharpness and clarity, while the background blurs into soft indistinction. Similarly, in the dark corridors of our sufferings, where we direct our focus becomes prominent, while everything else turns into a hazy backdrop.

Remember when the Israelites, under Moses’ guidance, first approached the Promised Land? The spies came back filled with fear, focusing on the looming giants in the land, causing God’s abundant promise to blur in the background (Numbers 13:31–33). Fast forward forty years, and the Israelites, now under Joshua’s leadership, faced similar giants, along with additional barriers like the overflowing Jordan River and fortified cities. But this time, their focus remained on God’s unwavering presence and providence, reducing their daunting challenges to mere backdrops. The lens of fear was replaced by the lens of faith.

Just as it’s stated in Hebrews 11:1, faith is the confidence in what we hope for but can’t yet perceive with our physical sight. It opens up a whole new dimension to our vision and alters how we perceive our lives. It paints a picture filled with God’s protection, provision, and presence.

The Bible comes alive when we employ the lens of faith, as God’s Spirit enables us to understand His Word (1 Corinthians 2:14). A simple plea like, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18), can illuminate the scriptures, changing them from printed words to life-giving utterances that invigorate our souls, granting wisdom, joy, and deeper insights into God’s will.

As we discover the richness of God’s Word, we also discern His divine protection surrounding us. Like Elisha’s servant, who saw the hills filled with divine chariots and horsemen after Elisha prayed for his eyes to be opened (2 Kings 6:15–17), we also realize that we are not alone in our struggles. God’s heavenly hosts are always around us.

Beyond His protection, our faith-inspired sight also enables us to recognize God’s abundant provision, just as Hagar saw a well when her resources ran dry (Genesis 21:19). When we trust in God, we can see the goodness that surrounds us.

Moreover, divine sight also attunes us to God’s constant presence. After wrestling with God, Jacob’s faith was solidified, and he was transformed (Genesis 32:30). Similar transformations await us when we acknowledge God’s presence, not just intellectually, but experientially.

Our sufferings can be transfigured when we direct our spiritual focus toward God. Whether we view life through a lens of discouragement and pain or through a lens of faith drastically impacts what we see. Are you focusing on your problems or on God’s provision? Are you dwelling on loneliness or rejoicing in God’s presence? Are you gripped by fear or clutching onto God’s promises?

As we behold Jesus, we are transformed (2 Corinthians 3:18). When we see God’s unwavering love (Psalm 26:3), we become more aware of His presence, protection, and provision. And as we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 4:18), relying on God’s eternal promises rather than transient circumstances, we won’t be disappointed.

Yes, suffering may cloud our vision, but faith grants us a divine lens to see beyond these temporal struggles and recognize God’s glorious plan. So, even in your darkest moments, keep the torch of faith lit, and you will see the wonders of His love illuminating your path.