“For we walk by faith, not by sight” is a verse in 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV describing the Christian life of faith. It’s not about what we can see now, but what we hope for in the future. It’s about believing in God and in his promises and putting that faith into action. Believing in what we cannot yet see but which we believe to be true nonetheless.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Faith is defined as “Firm belief in something for which there is no proof. Complete confidence”. It can also mean, “Belief and trust in and loyalty to God.”
When I say, “We walk by faith, not by sight”, I am saying that I believe with my whole heart that the promises of God in the Bible are completely true and God will do what he has said he will do, no matter what I may be experiencing or seeing right now.
Our perspective on things is so very limited, but God is infinite. He isn’t limited by time as we are. He can see everything from the beginning of this world to its completion and everything in between. He isn’t surprised by our problems or anything else. He lovingly watches over us the same way your earthly parents watch over you and provide for you.
There have been so many times in my life where I couldn’t see a way out of a problem or difficult circumstance, but at the last minute God came through for me. His help has always come right on time. He’s never a minute early, but he’s never too late either.
You have to ask
Because God is a loving God, he has given us free will to make our own choices- good or bad. There are consequences to the choices we make. However, God will still be there for you no matter what you have done or no matter what other people have done, but you have to ask. If you don’t ask, you don’t receive.
How many times have we not received something because we never asked for it? If you want a raise at work, you ask for it. If you want to get an answer to a question, you ask. If you want a cup of coffee at the restaurant you’re having breakfast at, you ask for it.
Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”
You may not get everything you want when you want it, but you surely won’t get it if you don’t ask.
Mustard Seed Faith
When you ask God for whatever it is you want or need, you must ask in faith. You must believe that God will actually answer your prayer. God wants you to ask and he wants you to ask in faith. It doesn’t take much faith, just faith as small as a mustard seed which is extremely small.
He says in Matthew 17:20, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
As you exercise your mustard seed faith, it will grow in the same way the tiny mustard seed grows into a huge tree. Faith must be exercised the same way you exercise your body. It gets stronger with use.
We Walk By Faith
One thing I’ve learned over time is that it is through the hard times that my faith has grown the most. If everything is always going well, then where is the need to walk by faith? If you have everything you think you need, where is the need to reach out to God?
It’s in the moments when the transmission on your vehicle is about to go out or you just lost a loved one to cancer or you’re wondering how you’re going to pay next month’s rent that your faith is tested and you get to choose whether you will “walk by faith, not by sight” or whether you will rely only on yourself. Will you reach out to God and ask him to help you believing that he will be there for you? Or, will you react in anger and blame him for your problems?
Nothing is impossible for God! He sees all. He knows all. Our vision is limited by what we can see, and then faith has to kick in. When we can’t see the way out, we have faith that God does have a way out.
Faith is a daily walk and a daily choice. Sometimes it’s a moment by moment choice. We can either give in to panic or tears or we can look to his promises. We can look at his track record and choose to believe that what he said he would do he will indeed do. It’s both a mental choice as well as a heart choice.
Not By Sight
Don’t give up on God just because it takes him a long time to answer your prayers or because you don’t get the answer you want. You may think you know what’s best, but God can see the big picture. He knows what’s going to happen tomorrow and next week and next year and is already working things out. So just because you can’t see him working, doesn’t mean that he isn’t.
In Genesis 22 God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac to him as a burnt offering even though he had promised Abraham that he would be “father of many nations” (Genesis 17). Abraham did just as God commanded believing that God would still somehow fulfill his promise even though he couldn’t see how that would be possible. Abraham acted faithfully and God provided a ram.
In the book of Exodus, God sent Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt into the promised land. They ended up spending 40 years in the desert before reaching the promised land but Moses trusted God even though he couldn’t necessarily see this promised land.
The Apostle Paul spent much of his life in prison after becoming a Christian.
There will be times in your life where your faith will be tested. If you choose to “walk by faith, not by sight”, God will meet you. He won’t let you down. He may not always answer you in the way you expect him to, but he will always answer. He always knows best.