“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
One of the features of true faith life is the ability to see what is invisible. While describing the faith of various Old Testament saints, the writer of the book of Hebrews refers to their telescopic spiritual vision by which they could see afar off. Hebrews 11:13. The writer says that they never received what God promised them; however, those heroes of faith saw the same afar off by faith and even embraced them. Such assurance of divine promises helped them to keep their faith till the end of their life, always acknowledging their pilgrim status to the people around.
This is exactly the way every believer in Christ should live in this world. Instead of focusing our attention on all that is happening in our surroundings, we need to look ahead and concentrate on the Lord and His purposes for eternity. Let us consider three wonderful outcomes of such a magnifying spiritual viewpoint.
1. It takes away all our fears and doubts. Hebrews 11: 23
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's command. .”
We are aware of the circumstances in which Moses was born in Egypt. The decree of the king was to throw away every male child into the river and keep only female children alive. But Moses’s parents did not fear the command of the king. According to the writer, the reason was their right view of the child, not just of his appearance rather they saw the divine plan for the child. Cf. Exo. 2:2; Acts 7:20. As they glanced at the face of their little one it seems that they perceived the divine hand upon the child. The outcome of their fearless response to such a difficult instance is beyond description. All because of the faith and subsequent spiritual discernment of the parents.
A young couple rented a vacation cottage for a week. One afternoon the husband looked out a window at the swimming pool and exclaimed, "Let's change our clothes and go get some exercise!" His wife, who was washing the dishes in the kitchen and looking out the window watching some people play tennis, quickly agreed.
While she dressed for a tennis match, he put on his swimming trunks. The window a person chooses to look out at the world often determines that individual's perception of reality.
Source: Lyle Schaller
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
_________ - Wayne Dyer
“From the human perspective, our Lord was cruelly murdered; but from the divine perspective, He laid down His life for sinners.”
_________ - Warren W. Wiersbee
“We have to go up to the hill-top if we are to look out over the flashing ocean, and behold afar off…”