For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
I’ve heard of people that read novels by reading the first chapter, then the last chapter of the book, and then they read the in between parts. That’s crazy! Somehow I am able to be okay with not knowing the end of the story until I get there, no matter how gripping the story line is. But why is it that I want to know the last chapter of my book, or the outcome of an event? I want some kind of knowing that it is going to turn out okay, or that I’m on the right track. We don’t usually get those advance tips with the Christian life. It is a life of faith.
If we walked by sight, rejecting the notion of faith, imagine with me what it would look like. We would do everything possible to try to get a guaranteed outcome by controlling, manipulating or just strong-arming. We would use other people as pawns to get what we want. We may never rest, working tirelessly to make sure that what we want to happen really does. Or we may fret and worry a lot about the things that we can’t impact with our actions or words. If everything depends on us, there is a great weight on our shoulders.
In contrast, if we can get what it means to walk by faith, life looks differently than this. Instead of manipulating and controlling, we take care of what we can and leave the rest up to God. We don’t use other people as pawns or try to change them, we let God do His work in them just like He is doing in our own lives. Instead of fretting, we pray. We give God the details, lay our burdens at His feet and then trust that He will work.
Psalm 37 speaks to this. It includes phrases like, “Commit your way to the Lord. Trust Him and He will act,” “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and make faithfulness your friend,” and “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” This life of faith, as described in Psalm 37, is a quiet one that isn’t addicted to drama or chaos.
Faith looks beyond the visible things in life to the invisible. It defies the wisdom of the world that tells us to live for today and that there is nothing more than what we can see. Faith trusts that if we pray and put things in God’s hand, He will take care of it. Faith believes that God hears us and that He will act because He loves us and He is able. And faith believes that there is a Heaven and that one day we will be rewarded for the choices we have made in this world.
We do walk by faith and not by sight. There is no other way to live. Now get walking!