God was using His word in my life, unfolding it little by little to grow my faith. Oh, how I desperately wanted to walk by faith, and not by sight.
Lorraine Day, M.D. is quoted as saying, “Faith is more than positive thinking. Positive thinking will not produce faith. Faith is trust in God, and the only way to develop faith is to learn to know God.”
How can we walk by faith and not by sight? I have learned from my study of God’s word that just as He lovingly blesses us with free will, He also gives us both sight and faith. Our sight navigates our daily decisions but it sometimes can fool us and cause us to make wrong decisions, because what we see is not always truth.
This is what apostle Paul’s 2nd letter to Corinthians says, “For we walk by faith not by sight”. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
As a believer we must not fix our eyes on things that are seen, but rather on those that are unseen, things that will last for eternity. Walking by faith and not by sight is to trust God with all our hearts. To have such a faith is to live in God’s light, to fear Him, to obey His commands, and to choose righteousness over sin.
The road ahead of me looked steep and treacherous. It was causing me not to see things clearly, but I trusted that God had already prepared wonderful things for me so I started gearing up for the climb. It was hard for some people to understand my journey. They thought that I was insane and doubted my faith, just as people doubted Noah’s faith in his era. I didn’t expect them to understand my walk and therefore took no offense. They probably thought that I had thrown my life away, when in fact, I found my life with the Lord.
Don’t you think that just like Noah, God has given you instructions to build your own boat and sail it to a safe place, blown by the breeze of His will? Or perhaps He has already built one for you, and all you need to do is faithfully get on board with Him and sail along. Oh my dear, I promise you, you will sail like you never before dreamed possible.
(Hebrews 11:6) gets right to the point: “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Clearly, God doesn’t want us to rely on our sight alone. He provides something better to guide us than our eyes, a truth that we can only see through faith. By faith we can see reality. By faith we can see the work of God’s hand.
“According to your faith let it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29b NIV).
Walking by faith means to trust God in every circumstance and believe that God rewards those who seek Him. Therefore, as I began to put my trust in God on this journey, faith started to take root.
Let us both pray this prayer this week, “May God bless us all with the gift of faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed. May He help us to walk by faith and not by sight all the days of our lives. Amen!