Learning from the Major and Minor Prophets
While reading through the prophets I noticed they were often called upon by God to do hard and unusual things as an example or warning for the children of Israel. The prophets exemplified blind faith, a complete trust in something or someone. For the believer blind faith is the unwavering belief that God will deal righteously with us according to His character. Though we can’t see Him with our physical eyes, we read His Word and believe Him when He tells us ‘all things work together for good for them who love God,’ or ‘God is love,’ or ‘I will never leave thee or forsake thee.’ These acts of complete obedience which the prophets modeled (in contrast with examples like Jonah) exhibit blind faith in the all-powerful, never-changing One.
There are many Old Testament examples of prophets performing these difficult signs. Ezekiel was instructed to lie on his left side side (without turning) for 390 days then on the right side for 40. God told Jeremiah to wear an animal yoke as a warning to the Israelites, but also told him the Israelites would not listen to the warning. Hosea married a prostitute on God’s orders. At God’s instruction Nathan stood before King David and told a story of theft, murder, and injustice. When David angrily demanded the perpetrator be punished, Nathan unflinchingly condemned David with the proclamation, “Thou art the man!”
Other Bible characters were called upon directly by God to do hard things. Abraham was told to pack up his considerable household and go to an undisclosed land which God would show him. Moses was given the thankless task of facing the ever hard-hearted Pharaoh to demonstrate God’s power against the false gods of Egypt. Moses was further tasked with leading the grumbling, untrusting Israelites out of Egypt and through the desert in their delayed quest to reach the Promised Land. Mary faced wagging tongues and misunderstanding as she humbly accepted God’s proclamation that she would carry, bear and raise the Christ child. These believers responded positively to what God asked them to do simply because they believed in God and wanted to be obedient to Him.
Some had God-honoring responses to their circumstances in spite of not understanding ahead of time that God had a purpose in what was happening to them. Job lost all ten of his children at once, followed immediately by the loss of all his wealth and his health. Rebecca met a stranger at her local well who told her she was God’s provision as a wife for Isaac and that she needed to leave the comforts of her homeland right away to travel to this man. Elijah, after defeating the prophets of Baal, was discouraged because he thought he was the only person left who stood for God. He was so exhausted with the recent spiritual warfare that he asked God to let him die. Instead, God protected him in a cave, provided food and sleep for His prophet, and told him of 700 others who had not bowed the knee to Baal.
Our Blind Faith Has a Solid Foundation
Our faith in God is never misplaced. We may not understand all of the details of why something is happening to us, or we may be called on to do something that is very hard, but our blind faith is not a faith without foundation. We have seen God change our lives and the lives of others through the salvation He offers in Christ. We have prayed to the great I AM and witnessed specific and sometimes miraculous answers from the King of Kings. No, our faith is not blind in the sense of some wild maybe hope that God will do what He promises. It is placed fully in Jehovah, the same yesterday, today and forever who assures us ‘Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.’ (Hebrews 11:1, 6) By God’s grace let us strive to seek Him and obey Him wholeheartedly.