We Walk by Faith Not by Sight
Paul said, “We walk by faith, not
by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). To be the salt and the light of the world,, this is how a true Christian should live.
“Faith is an assurance of things
hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). Faith is complete
trust in God in all that he has promised in the Bible. When Abraham was in
despair, through faith he obtained hope. At nearly a hundred years old, God
promised him a son. His wife, Sarah, was barren. But his strong faith enabled him
to look forward to God’s promise. Never was he doubtful in his heart; on the
contrary he gave glory to God and was confident of the fulfilment of the
Judging things by sight is
unreliable as it depends on our limited wisdom and experience. For example,
when Philip told Nathanael, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and
also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” He immediately
replied and said, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Next, when Jesus wanted to test the
faith of Philip, He said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these
people may eat?” To this Philip replied, “Two hundred denarii would not buy
enough bread for each of them to get a little” (Jn 1:45-46, 6:5-7).
Faith enables man to see the might
of God. He who has faith will, in all matters, remain strong and joyful. Thus
strength will not fail him, wealth will not corrupt him and poverty will not
weaken him. Bearing the cross, he will follow Christ faithfully. Those who
depend on themselves will have much worries and sorrows.
When the Israelites reached the
wilderness of Paran, having left Egypt,
God instructed Moses to send twelve spies to scout the land of Canaan.
After forty days the twelve spies returned. Before Moses and the israelites they
reported, “The land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey … yet
the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and
very large….” However, Caleb said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it for we
are all able to overcome it.” The other ten spies said, “We are not able to go
up against the people; for they are stronger than we…the land, through which we
have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the
people that we saw in it are men of great stature….”
Then all the people of Israel raised a loud cry and even murmured
against Moses and Aaron, saying, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this
wilderness! Why does the Lord bring us into this land, to fall by the sword?
Our wives and our little ones will become prey; would it not be better for us
to go back to Egypt?”
Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of Israelites.
Joshua and Caleb rent their clothes and said to the congregation, “The land
which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord
delights in us, he will bring us into the land and give it to us do not fear
the people of the land, for they are bread for us… and the Lord is with us; do
not fear them.”
Caleb and Joshua had faith. The
other ten spies did not. However, the congregation believed and accepted the
judgment of the ten and not Caleb and Joshua’s. Thus, the anger of God was
When famine struck, Abraham
migrated to Egypt.
His lack of faith led to even greater trials in Egypt. When he returned to Canaan
he separated from Lot. On the other hand, his
son, Isaac, encountered famine too but God appeared to him, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in
the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with
you, and will bless you....” So Isaac dwelt in Gerar, sowed in that land and
reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him,
therefore he became rich and gained more and more until he became very wealthy.
This was all because he had faith and obeyed God.
We must have faith in order to do
the will of God. By faith, Jesus was willing to endure the sufferings of the
cross. But when Peter knew what the Lord had to go through, he immediately took
Jesus and said, “God forbid, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” Jesus
turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me, for
you are not on the side of God, but of men.” May all of us depend on faith and
not on sight in all that we do. Then will we be able
to receive divine blessings.