Heb. 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
“By faith we understand”, that is a powerful description or glimpse into the amazing world of faith. You see faith is not blind but is actually quite the opposite. Faith is the divine influence on our heart that opens our perception of the spiritual realm. Faith actually opens our spiritual eyes so that God’s world becomes real to us. Not only does the Lord become real, He becomes quite attractive to us. As King Solomon said, “He is altogether lovely”. You see, this is the true litmus test, has your heart been effected by the reality of God’s kingdom? As Wesley said, has you heart been “strangely warmed”? Faith actually ignites our passion for God, this becomes the engine that drives our lives.
Matthew Henry describes this influence of God upon our soul in his commentary on this passage.
“Faith demonstrates to the eye of the mind the reality of those things that cannot be discerned by the eye of the body. Faith is the firm assent of the soul to the divine revelation and every part of it, and sets to its seal that God is true. It is a full approbation of all that God has revealed as holy, just, and good; it helps the soul to make application of all to itself with suitable affections and endeavors; and so it is designed to serve the believer instead of sight, and to be to the soul all that the senses are to the body.”
The opening of our eyes by faith enables us to actually function in this spiritual world. A man who is naturally blind is hindered in his ability to perform the most basic of tasks. He is extremely limited by his inability to see. Spiritual blindness also impedes our ability to function in this world. As our spiritual perception is awakened by faith, we are able to begin to function and perform in unprecedented ways. Charles Spurgeon says it like this.
“Faith engages on my side the omnipotence of Jehovah. Faith ensures every attribute of God in my defense. It helps me to defy the hosts of hell. It makes me march triumphant over the necks of my enemies. But without faith how can I receive anything of the Lord? Let not him that wavereth-who is like a wave of the Sea-expect that he will receive anything of God! O, then, Christian, watch well thy faith; for with it thou canst win all things, however poor thou art, but without it thou canst obtain nothing. If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Without faith we are at an extreme disadvantage in life, when our faith is activated by God’s grace, everything changes, we actually can begin to operate in the spiritual world as the Lord intended. You enter to the life of Victory that all of our hearts long for. BY FAITH WE UNDERSTAND.