They say that “seeing is believing”. What if it’s by believing (first) that we actually begin to see?? Or, put another way, what if we can see it (in our minds eye) before we see it with our physical eyes? That’s called faith, right? Or, as some have said, having eyes of faith.
I was struck recently by this verse in Psalm 92 (one of my faves):
“My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.” (Psalm 92:11)
That surprised me, because just a few verses before that, the writer says the Lord’s enemies “will be” defeated (v.9).
Now, before we go much further, we have to be clear, for our context and personal application, our “enemies”, “adversaries” and “foes” aren’t people, they are challenges, problems that are related to spiritual attack. Our struggle is not against people. We fight against spiritual forces that seek to steal, kill and destroy us (and others), according to Ephesians 6:12.
So, here the psalmist is saying they have already seen the defeat of the enemy… but, they haven’t. It must be that they are seeing with eyes of faith. They are able to see through the current circumstance to the end, knowing that God is faithful, and that every weapon formed against them, will, in fact, not win (Isaiah 54:17). In fact, the things coming to destroy them, will be destroyed!
I believe that being able to see (by faith) your “enemies” crumble, is what actually propels you to the place where you see — in real time and space — your fears, temptations, and struggles defeated!
Say someone tells you, “Hey, I’ve got a $1000 in my pocket!”. You could be like, “Yeah, right. I’ll believe it when I see it.” Or, you’re response could be, “Wow, really? That’s crazy! What are you going to do with it?” What would make the difference in whether you readily believed the person, or needed the hard evidence? Trust. Do you know this person in such a way that you believe their word, without them having to prove it every time? Usually this comes from experience of seeing the integrity of that person, or knowing their character.
For the person who has faith, the Bible says, “ But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. ” (2 Corinthians 2:14). In other words, no matter what things may look like right now, God is leading you to triumph! You are on the way to victory! If you are in Christ, this is your reality! Wow! That’s good news!
Now, if you’re not following God’s leadership in your life, that’s another matter. Turn around and get back on His path… and SEE the downfall of your enemies!
What are you facing today? What circumstances seem insurmountable or unchangeable? What snares keep taking hold of you? What problems are you feeling attacked by? Look up and look through. That is, look up to God and know that you are not alone, and then look through these current circumstances to where you KNOW He wants to take you — to victory! In Jesus, those circumstances WILL change, those problems WILL be resolved, those temptations WILL lose their grip on you! Can you SEE IT? You have to SEE it and believe it…. and keep seeing it, until it becomes reality. How do we know? Because we can trust Him. He has never lied. He has never fallen short, and His Word always prevails… and He himself has said it! He is good, Good, GOOD! And He will do it!
Today, let the Holy Spirit lead the eyes of your heart to see the downfall of your adversaries and your ears to hear the rout of your foes (Psalm 92:11). Keep that sight and sound in front of you, and keep walking forward, because triumph is assured in Christ!