Let me cut to the chase. Faith is never blind. However, I hear those two words together enough, or similar expressions, that one would think them inseparable. “Well, I don’t know what will happen,” someone will say, “so I better just go on blind faith.” The basis for this statement is likely from 2 Corinthians 5:7 which states that “we walk by faith and not by sight” and Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Certainly we all experience circumstances in which we “do not see.” Being a children’s book author, I find it only appropriate to quote Dr. Seuss when addressing this dilemma. He so eloquently expresses what we all at times face in Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?
And IF you go in, should you turn left or right . . .
Or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?”
These are the circumstances in which we are blinded by our limited understanding, or our limited ability. We do not know whether to turn left or right. Thus, when left and right are darkened to our vision, faith looks upward to the God who calls Himself the Light of the World (John 8:12).
“Blind” may be a perfect descriptor regarding our natural vision or understanding within the circumstances. However, faith is never blind. Contrary to modern views, faith is not without reason. We may not understand our circumstances, yet we should base our beliefs on an understanding of God. As it states in 1 Peter 3:15, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
This instruction was for the sake of those questioning the Christian faith. However, it is equally important that we are prepared to give an answer for the sake of ourselves. If I am believing for healing, yet know nothing of God’s capabilities, nothing about God’s character, nothing about His prophetic promises, nor of the healing ministry of Jesus, along with no personal experience to base my faith upon, then I should not be commended for my leap of faith.
I often face situations where I have to reprocess each reason for the faith I have: why I believe there’s a God, why I believe the Bible is true, what I know the Bible says concerning the situation, and what God has proven to me personally at that point. Even Abraham, the “father of faith” had reasons (rationale) for believing. As Francis Schaeffer points out, “he had much propositional revelation from God, he had seen God, God had fulfilled promises to him. In short, God’s words were in the context of Abraham’s strong reason for knowing that God both existed and was totally trustworthy.”1
In other words, God does not expect us to believe just anything. He expects us to seek Him so that we may know Him. Romans 10:17 states that “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Thus, if ever you find yourself in a situation “where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked,” . . . do not step blindly out into the street. Let the word of God be a lamp for your feet.
Blind Faith? written by Lesley Rieland
1. Schaeffer, Francis A. The Complete Works of Francis A Schaeffer. A Christian WorldView: A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. Westchester: Crossway Books, 1982. p. 15.