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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Walking By Faith, Not Sight

In review of 2 Corinthians 5:7 it says, “We walk by faith, not by sight.”

Bottom Line:
For we are to live by faith, not by sight

What this means to me:
I am to walk by my faith and beliefs, and not only by what I see.

Today's passage comes from the first part of 2 Corinthians 5. Paul tells me to always be confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing. So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. We will all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

Paul was not afraid to die because he was confident of spending eternity with Christ. I can share Paul's hope and confidence of eternal life with Christ. Death is only a prelude to eternal life with God. I will continue to live. I can let this hope give me confidence and help inspire me to faithful service.

While eternal life is a free gift given on the basis of God's grace, each of us will still be judged by Christ. This judgement will reward me for how I had lived. God's gracious gift of salvation does not free me from the requirement of faithful obedience. Myself, like everyone else, must give account on the day of judgment for how I lived.

Therefore I am to walk by faith and not by sight. I am to trust in the Lord with all my heart, and shut out any distractions that would lead me astray from what God is doing in my life. I should focus my attention on Christ, my Redeemer. Soak in the Word of God and listen to His voice. Pray in faith, believing that when I ask, I will receive. When I seek, I will find. When I know, the door will be opened.  The only thing that can happen when I pray in faith is for my prayer to be rightly answered, at the right time.  

I’m precious to God, created for His glory. He is acquainted with all my ways and has laid His hand of blessing upon me. My desire should be to live the divine path He has laid out that he created for me. Once I discover it, I should follow it without deviation and and realize the rich blessings of the Kingdom as they rain down upon me.

Today’s study also helps speak to my current situation, where I’m still waiting to see if another work opportunity comes up or not. Patience is the key for me. I will trust that God will do what is best for me and for his Kingdom. Meanwhile I will seek to do what He has laid out in front of me, including getting some additional medical items handled.