The gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in Holy Scripture. (Rom. 1:2)

THEY SAY HINDSIGHT IS 20–20. In my life, I have known this to be true, haven’t you? Things become more clear when viewed in the rearview mirror after we have passed through an event. In quiet reflection we may look back and see a pattern, and hopefully a purpose. We notice God’s fingerprints all over it.

But not always. Sometimes it can take years before the reasons are revealed to us. We may not fully understand this side of heaven why things happened, why we had to suffer, or why someone we know did.  On the other hand, we may not grasp why God has blessed us when others appear to be having a “Job” life. That is where faith comes into play.

A wise preacher once said, “Faith is God’s mighty gift for us here on earth. In heaven, we won’t need to rely on it.” Here in our temporally locked existence, we observe things through a reflection, as Paul so aptly described it in 1 Corinthians 13:12. Our limited, mirrored vision requires us to trust even though we cannot see things clearly. One devotional writer I read explained that we have spiritual cataracts until Jesus removes the “scales from our faith eyes.”

God revealed His purpose through the prophets, though His people could not “see” what they spoke about. We are no different. However, we now have the Holy Spirit living inside of us and guiding us. Our cataracts may not have been removed completely, but we can view things through the corrective lens known as faith.

The next time you rub smudges from your eyeglasses or mirror, may it remind you to have faith.

Julie B. Cosgrove is an award-winning, multi-published author who regularly writes for several devotional websites and publications.

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