By Faith or By Sight: how will you walk?


In the Holman Christian Standard Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:7 says simply “for we walk by faith, not by sight”. The statement is set apart from the rest of a sentence that spans verses 6 through 8 (“Therefore, though we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord – for we walk by faith, and not by sight – yet we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord”). As I was thinking about the statement (“we walk by faith, not by sight”), it occurred to me that followers of Christ are truly called to walk by faith. I recognize that God gave human beings the ability to think rationally—to reason things out in our mind. However, I remain convinced that God expects His children to live our life based more on our faith in Him than on our ability to reason things out. We do not have to look very far to find examples of how reason can sometimes leave us with more questions than answers. For example, consider the question about how a god of love and mercy can allow the death of millions of innocent people in acts of genocide or war. Or consider how conclusions based on mere human reason can change as circumstances and situations change. For example, one might be a proponent of swift punishment for crime including the death penalty until it is one’s own child who may be on death row. Suddenly, reason wants to find a way to justify milder punishment such as long prison terms rather than the death penalty. Faith, on the other hand, may not always offer easily understandable answers to difficult questions either. The difference is that faith chooses to trust in the holy and righteous being who is the Sovereign God even when we do not understand Him. Review the story of the man, Abraham, who is called upon to offer his only son, Isaac, as a sacrifice in a test of Abraham’s faith (Genesis 22). It is only because Abraham chose to walk by faith that he was able to experience the wonderful truth that God is our provider (Genesis 22:14). While you and I, as followers of Christ, may never be called upon to offer our only child as a sacrifice to God, I am almost certain that we will find ourselves needing to walk by faith and not by sight more and more as time marches on to the Coming of Christ. How will you walk?

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~ by brotherfaron on March 23, 2015.

3 Responses to “By Faith or By Sight: how will you walk?”

  1. Great read. You made a great point on needing to rely more on faith in God and his perfect plan than on our own reasoning. Keep up the good work!

  2. Wow!! Thanks so much for your insight. I LOVED reading this and continue to do my best to walk by faith. Keep them coming!!!

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