On Monday I visited the eye doctor. It had been two years since my last visit. I could tell my vision had progressively gotten worse as objects at a distance were becoming a little blurred. The sharpness that goes with 20/20 vision had diminished. Sure enough, the eye doctor confirmed what I already knew – I needed a new prescription for my glasses that would bring objects back into sharper focus.
I got to thinking how easy it is for our spiritual vision to become blurred and we lose the sharpness of seeing the Lord in the various arena’s of our daily lives. Our spiritual eyes can become fuzzy if we become negligent in keeping our eyes focused on the Christ of the Cross (Heb. 1:1-2). How we all need eyesight like that of Moses who saw beyond the veil of this world and was able to peer into the realm of the invisible. We discover in Hebrews 11:27 that Moses came to the place in his life where he lived “as seeing Him who is invisible” (Heb. 11:27). How did seeing Him who is invisible affect his life? How will seeing Him who is invisible affect our lives? From Hebrews chapter eleven, which has been called the Faith Hall of Fame, we discover in verses 23-29 the answer of how seeing Him who is invisible will impact us.
First, seeing Him who is invisible will affect our choices and core values. In verses 24, 25, 27 of chapter eleven we find Moses being described by the words “refused,” “choosing,” and “forsook.” Those are words that have to do with choices, and it is choices that will develop, determine and reveal our core values. Our choices determine who and what we become. Seeing Him who is invisible will result in us making choices with the future and eternity in mind, not just the immediate and no sense of accountability. Seeing the Lord round about us in our lives results in us weighing our choices in the light of His daily presence.
Second, seeing Him who is invisible will affect our concept of what constitutes true wealth. In verse 26 Moses was willing to give up the treasures and wealth of Egypt for the being associated with the greater treasures found in Christ. Material wealth can vanish before our eyes, yet if we have seen Him who is invisible; with spiritual eyes we see what constitutes true wealth. True wealth is not how much money we have in the bank or what we possess materially, but It is the wealth we find in family, friends, those we love dearly, health, the music of laugher, the glowing smile of a friend, the beauty of God’s creation, and the spiritual riches we have as a result of a relationship with Christ. Being able to see those riches for what they are worth makes one truly rich.
Third, seeing Him who is invisible will affect our courage in the face of our biblical convictions coming under assault. In verse 27 we find it says of Moses that “not fearing the wrath of the king, he endured…” He was able to face and stand with courage against those who attacked his convictions and the obstacles that popped up in his way as the result of standing firm on those convictions. What gave Moses such courage; what gives us such courage to keep pressing forward and not retreat when attacked for what we believe and our spiritual convictions? Such courage comes from having engraved in our souls the sight of seeing Him who is invisible who infuses us with His strength to stand and not fear.
Fourth, seeing Him who is invisible will affect our obedience as we face difficult circumstances. In verse 28 Moses obeyed when commanded to put the blood of a lamb over the door posts of the homes to avoid the curse of the tenth plague, the Death Angel, from invading Israelite residences. In verse 29 we discover Moses obeyed the Lord in regard to putting his foot in the Red Sea but finding before his foot got wet the sea parted! Moses faced difficult circumstances of death as well as being hemmed in by Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea. Yet because he had seen Him who was invisible he knew he could face difficult circumstances with obedient confidence knowing the Lord would make a way of victory. In like manner, no matter the “death” situation we find ourselves or no matter what Red Sea is before us, if we have seen Him who is invisible we can be confident our Lord will make a path of victory for us to walk in.
One might ask, “How is it possible in the hustle and bustle day we live in, when we are bombarded with everything but God, to get to that place where I see Him who is invisible?” The author of Hebrews gives us the answer in chapter twelve verse two, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” It is as we fix our eyes on the Christ of the Cross as we walk the path of life, and not on the clutter around us, that our spiritual eyesight remains 20/20 in regard to seeing the Eternal Word and are able to see beyond the temporal into that realm where we see Him who is invisible.