Devotion: Walking By Faith – By Tim Ewing – Inspired by “Walk By Faith” by Joe Antonelli
“We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
We are visual creatures. Once we see something, it’s easier to believe it. We tend to live by the common concept that “seeing is believing.” But is that what the Bible teaches us? Is this faith? The essence of faith believes something is real without having seen it, seeing it with the eyes of faith rather than natural eyes.
Walking by sight is the natural manner by which human beings walk. This is true both for literal walking, as well as for taking the proverbial journey through life. When engaged in physical walking, people rely upon visual data (along with input from other human senses, like sound, smell, and touch). We who know Jesus cannot walk in this manner in His kingdom. We must walk by faith, by depending upon our Lord, His word, and the work of grace by His Holy Spirit. Spiritual progress is made “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.”
So often, things are not as they appear to be in the natural. Consider Joseph being sold to slave traders by his jealous and deceitful brothers. It did not look like Joseph was being groomed to be Prime Minister in Egypt. Think of Pharaoh and his army closing in on Israel, as they were trapped beside the Red Sea. It did not look like Israel would be delivered and the Egyptian army would be destroyed. Remember young David standing before gigantic Goliath. It did not look like the giant would be defeated and David would enjoy a thorough victory. Only eyes of faith could really appreciate what was actually happening.
The cross of our Lord Jesus is undoubtedly the greatest example of things not always being what they appear to be. As Jesus hung upon the cross, it appeared that Satan had had defeated the most godly man that ever lived. But in reality, God was at work, preparing a resurrection victory over sin and death for all who would believe.
2 Corinthians 5:7, though just a few short words, gives us a lot to think about. Paul wrote these words knowing that we all have a tendency to walk by sight rather than by faith. Although his letter was directed to the Corinthians, these eight short words still reverberate throughout the centuries. Faith is seeing that which cannot be seen with our natural eyes and believing that it is.
Our eyes tell us that our circumstance is too difficult and we’re defeated. Faith tells us that there is nothing too difficult for our God and He has already won for us the victory. Our eyes tell us that the doctor’s report gives us little hope. Faith says “I will believe the report of the Lord”. Our eyes tell us that our children are lost. Faith tells us that God’s promises are true and “when they are old they will not depart” from the Lord.
Keep in mind that God leads us into and through times where our faith is tested and tried. We need to walk through this in order for the Lord to show us His mighty arm in the midst of our circumstances, revealing to us His ability to perform His Word and proving His integrity. It’s a necessary part of the process of growing in our knowledge of Him, growing in a relationship that gives us the strength to endure knowing that we are never alone or forsaken.
If you think about it, fixing our gaze on the Author and Finisher of our faith will certainly cause awareness of our life’s circumstances to fade. Faith will spring forth and doubt will flee. Standing on the promises of God, clinging to Him through faith, and pursuing relationship with Him will lead us to victory over fear and doubt. Those things which are seen by sight will give way to that which is seen by faith.
We have a command, not a suggestion, to walk by faith knowing that our Heavenly Father is very able to keep us even in the midst of our darkest hour. Don’t let your eyes deceive you but cling to His promises : “walk by faith, not by sight.” Turn your eyes upon Jesus . . . and the things of earth will grow strangely dim.”
When you walk by faith, you have no idea what will happen after you take the first step of faith. Then you take a second step, then a third step, and eventually you end up where God wants you. You don’t know where you are going, but God knows where He’s leading you. Just because you don’t know, doesn’t mean God doesn’t know. But if you will keep walking by faith, He will lead you to your Promised Land.
Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries.