Live by Faith Not by Sight
Simple words, but man they pack a punch. This seems crazy in an age of Instagram. Because if you didn’t get a picture of it, did it really happen??
Can you imagine Moses at the burning bush…#onfire!
“Live by faith, not by sight” is found in 2 Corinthians 5:6.
That’s just six words, but they are packed with implication. They are so weighty with meaning that it’s hard to apply them to the everyday. To live by faith and not by sight implies that I am led by what I can’t see. That is totally the opposite of our flesh. I can only do this by the power of the Holy Spirit in me creating something new because my absolute default is what I can see.
People use the term “blind faith” all the time, but my faith isn’t blind. Walking by faith isn’t blindly hoping God will work things out. It’s being led by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit isn’t something we physically see, but there is evidence of Him all around us. Walking by Faith indicates that we are following the Spirit.
I think our stress level is a good indicator of wear we are placing our trust. And now let’s say a collective “OUCH” because for me, that indicates that I’m not that confident in God.
“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.”
The key to this verse is where I place my confidence, not in myself but in my God. Where do I daily rest my confidence? Is every step a walk of faith in God or myself? Am I confident in God’s ability to work things out or my own?
The way we walk literally determines what we see. Head held high in confident faith, and I don’t miss a thing. I may not know what is coming, but I’ll clearly see how God has prepared me. I can rest my faith in God’s abilities and not be stressed about my own. With my head held low in defeat, resting on my ability, I will only see me…and I’ve got to tell you that doesn’t inspire confidence.
One of my favorite quotes by Corrie Ten Boom compares our faith to radar because it isn’t hindered by the fog. There is a lot of fog in any given day but,
“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog -- the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.”
It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going on the foggy days.
“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
at an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love,
answer me in your saving faithfulness.”
Faith means that we look into the fog with expectant eyes, we may not see the answer coming, but we trust it’s out of the abundance of His steadfast love and at just the right time.
Romans 4:20 tells us the Abraham grew strong in faith as he gave glory to God. Why don’t we take a look back today, and see what God has done? Let’s give Him glory and watch our faith grow.