“…for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]” [2 Corinthians 5:7 Amplified Bible].
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” [Hebrews 11:1]
Paul is writing about our Christian hope. He is talking about an eternal habitation [5:2]; about mortality swallowed up by life [5:3]; about our confidence of one day being with Jesus [5:6,8]. We don’t yet see this but we have it by faith. Peter writes about this hope in Jesus Christ, and then adds, “whom having not yet seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing you rejoice with joy inexpressible, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your souls” [1 Peter 1:8-9].
Faith always sees what is invisible to the natural eyes. It confidently believes in the promises of God, and depends upon them. His promises are foundational to faith. Jesus, speaking about faith that can remove mountains, said, “Therefore I say to you, whatsoever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” [Mark 11:24]. The emphasis here is asking, believing [but not yet seeing] and then receiving!
When Abram left Ur of the Chaldees, and all its immorality and idolatry, he went by faith, obeying God, but not knowing where this would lead him [Hebrews 11:8]. He couldn’t see where God was leading him, but He knew that God planned a place for him. He went by faith not by sight.
Perhaps one of the best illustrations of walking by faith and not by sight is the story of the fall of Jericho. Jericho could not be avoided. It blocked the path of the children of Israel into the Promised Land. The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given into your hands, Jericho, its king and its mighty men of valour” [Joshua 6:2]. What did Joshua see? Was it the impossible city securely shut up, or was it what God said? Here is the difference between seeing with the eyes of faith and seeing with the natural eyes!
God honours faith! Jesus said to Thomas, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” [John 20:29].
Why do many people find faith and launching out into the unknown so difficult?
Why is God’s Word such an important part of believing God for the impossible situation that you might face?
What Peter did say in 1 Peter 1:8-9 about faith in regard to our hope of salvation?