Every day we have a choice: walk by faith or walk by sight.
We all strive to be women of faith, but somehow walking by sight is easier.
Walking by sight is our default setting. It forgets the spiritual and eternal and focuses on the here and now. Walking by sight means being controlled by what we see, hear, experience or feel. And let’s face it, what we see on the news, see all around us can be pretty depressing.
So, what I see, hear, listen to, think about can excite, discourage, infuriate, disappoint–in short, CONTROL me if I allow it to.
When you walk by sight, anyone and everyone controls you.
- That inconsolable baby screaming in front of you
- The newpaper bearing more bad news.(Is the news EVER good?)
- The finances that are stiflingly small
- Health that seems to come and go
- People who are perpetually disappointing
- Family members who continually make bad choices
- “Friends” who have proven to be “frenemies”
When we walk by sight, a flat tire, a crass comment, a sick child, a poor medical report, a messy house, a screaming kid, all have the power to ruin our day, ruin our mood, steal our joy.
Walking by faith is different because the focus is on what God is doing and all of His promises. You are thinking on “things above”–eternal things.
- I am only here temporarily.
- This bad thing, God has allowed it for my good.
- This trying child, God is using it to refine my faith and build my joy.
- That sinful friend? Maybe God is using you to show her His faithfulness and longsuffering.
- Those small finances don’t matter, because God has promised to take care of every one of my needs.
Walking by faith is a choice.
Faith chooses to believe God’s word over our own thoughts and perceptions and to do right, when everyone else is doing their own thing.
Faith knows that God will make all things right in the end, freeing us up to live confidently in God and not in the fear of man.
Faith helps us to be brave and stand for truth in a world where holy absolutes are questioned.
Faith propels us forward to follow God’s path for us and to use the gifts He’s given to us to benefit His people.
Faith assures us that we need only to live for an audience of the Holy One, not be controlled by our circumstances, sinful people, annoying situations or anything else.
We walk by faith, and not by sight. “The just shall live by faith.”