Hope for the Stupid
I wake up in the morning and even in the dim light, I can make out objects in my bedroom. I don’t have to rev my eyes up or retrain them every day. In fact, I’ve never had to train them at all. They were made to see and help process what’s around me.
Healthy eyes just see.
Tozer in The Pursuit of God makes a great correlation between looking on God and believing. They are the same, and that simplicity sometimes trips us up.
We think it must be harder than that. We think we have to fight, to learn more, to grow, to achieve–then we’ll be able to see God, but He gave each of us a measure of faith so we already have what it takes.
Now, if faith is the gaze of the heart at God, and if this gaze is but the raising of the inward eyes to meet the all-seeing eyes of God, then it follows that it is one of the easiest things possible to do… Since believing is looking, it can be done without special equipment or religious paraphernalia.
There is hope for the stupid! And when I say that, I’m looking first to myself and taking great joy in that statement. I can convince myself (or be convinced) that God is after my strength, my effort, my wisdom, my talents, or anything else but that’s just stupid-talk.
He’s looking to see if I’ll look at Him in reverence and worship. Will I lift my eyes in faith and trust? Is there anything I can’t receive apart from this beholding?
Our ‘religious paraphernalia’ and some man-made traditions actually make things cloudier, dimmer when they are supposed to make them clearer. They complicate what was intended by our Creator to be simple. To borrow a line from the old ads, “it’s so easy a caveman could do it.”
Most definitely, faith and eyesight have to be maintained and can be sharpened, but we can start wherever we are and begin looking upon Him, beholding His glory, and returning His gaze of love with our own of worship.
It’s as easy as opening your eyes and turning your head. I’m ready to see more clearly.
What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever embraced a complicated faith? What does that do to your spiritual life?
Welcome to week 13 of our book club discussion of the Pursuit of God (disclosure) by A.W. Tozer. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it, taking two weeks for each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for the widget and another great take. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.