Hebrews 11: 1
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
I have long been fascinated with the African impala antelope. In the United States, you can find this mammal at zoos enclosed by a wall. My fascination with the African impala antelope is that these beautiful, meek, social creatures have the ability to run fast, leap 10 feet into the air and cover a distance of 30 feet in a single jump.
Just think, what could you do if you had the ability of an African impala antelope? In what sports would you excel? What records would you break? What would your attitude be when faced with trouble knowing you can run fast, leap high and jump far?
Well, my fascination with the African impala antelope is, with all of the ability God has given these creatures to escape trouble, a three-foot wall easily confines them. That’s right, a three-foot wall.
Why is this? Because the African impala antelope will not jump if they cannot see where they will land.
So, because a three-foot wall obstructs the impala’s view, they will never know freedom.
How many of us at times behave like the impala antelope? If we cannot see where we are going, we will not take the leap, although God has provided us with all that is necessary for us to experience success.
Believers, right faith allows us to see beyond the things that obstruct our view. Because of faith we can see where we will land.
Kenneth Wuest says, “Faith apprehends as a real fact what is not revealed to the senses. It rests on that fact, acts upon it, and is upheld by it in the face of all that seems to contradict it. Faith is real seeing.”
I suspect confined impala antelopes hope for freedom. However, because they have no view of where they will land they remain bound.
Does this sound familiar? How many of us are living beneath our abilities because we can’t see where we will land?
Remember: Faith helps us to see so that we can carry out what we know by faith.
Question: What obstruction is keeping you bound and refusing to take that leap of faith?
Lord, help us to walk by faith and not by sight, Amen.
Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: for the English reader (Heb 11:1). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.