Walk by faith, not by sight. It’s so simple, yet so hard. It’s a small verse in 2 Corinthians with deep meaning. You hear it all the time. People say, by faith, I am doing this… You see the verse displayed in a script font on canvas or wood hanging on walls. By faith we go through our days. By faith we trust that God has our best interest in mind and is working things out. It doesn’t always feel that way though. It’s not that we don’t trust, we simply want to know what it is we’re doing “by faith.” We want to SEE the end result before we give in to the “by faith”. But faith is doing without the SIGHT. Hence “walk by faith, NOT BY SIGHT.”
I am a planner. I love to plan my future – whether it be a job, putting together a budget, planning my kids homeschool lessons, planning our next house project. I love to run numbers and I love to plan. I. Love. To. Plan. (Have I said that enough?) When God calls us to do something “by faith” it takes away all the planning. Sure, I still plan. Then those plans get ruined and I’m left feeling frustrated and disappointed. God is teaching me right now to STOP PLANNING. Seriously, stop planning my future. If I truly want to “Walk by Faith, not by sight” I HAVE to stop planning and live each day to love, serve Him, and bring glory to God our Savior. Recently in my quiet time, I was praying about all my plans and telling God all about it. I wasn’t studying Hebrews (in fact, I’m studying quite a bit of the Old Testament), but for some reason, I turned to Hebrews 11. Here it is – it’s long, but it’s soooo good, please take the time to read it (I added the bold and underlining):
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN IN NUMBER, AND INNUMERABLE AS THE SAND WHICH IS BY THE SEASHORE. All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, ‘IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED.’ He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.
By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.
By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.
By faith they passed through the Red Sea as though they were passing through dry land; and the Eqyptians, when they attempted it, were drowned.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace. And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.
WOW! Did you notice at the beginning the author says “the conviction of things not seen?” There it is again, BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT. Go back and read how each person could not actually see or know what was going to happen, or where they were going to live, or how God would rescue them.
I love how the author says at one point “And what more shall I say?” He gave so many examples of how God worked in those that lived BY FAITH. And yet, there’s more. There’s always more. This is just the stories RECORDED in the Bible. Think of all the others that were not. Think of all the stories where God has been faithful to you, your family, your loved ones. And yet, we still struggle walking by faith, not by sight (I’m talking to myself here). When Moses and the Israelites were being pursued by the Eqyptians and they were being cornered (you know, just a huge body of water on the other side), do you think they thought that God would rescue them by parting the waters? That is the most amazing thing, God comes through in ways we can not even imagine or envision (see what I did there… envision?). I’ll give a couple of examples where God has come through in crazy awesome ways for me personally.
1. Jobs and finances. Since being married, our finances are like a rollercoaster… It’s been a life of feast or famine. God has been crazy faithful in both seasons. He has provided love, support, jobs and even money handed to my husband in a handshake. My current job was a total God thing where we were about to run out of money. I said I would go back to work but I had a lot of contingencies (close to home, flexible schedule, fun team, etc. etc.). A guy calls me up (whom I never met) and offered me a job. This job met all my contingencies. THANK YOU GOD!
2. Recently, my husband and I have felt God calling us to Florida. We decided in July/August 2020 that this was where God wants us. We started planning all the things (okay, maybe I started planning all the things). I planned for us to be in Florida by the end of October. Here we are mid October and our house isn’t even on the market. This is where God is telling me to stop planning and trust Him. I can’t divulge details right now, and it may not even come to fruition, but I see Him working something out so amazing, I couldn’t have even ENVISIONED this.
That’s what’s so crazy. He does things in ways you and I can’t SEE. Maybe that’s why it’s Walk by Faith and Not by Sight. (light bulb!)
Maybe you’re trying to get pregnant and you can’t. God is faithful. Please stop planning, and walk by faith.
Maybe you have no job and you are worried where the next paycheck will come from. Trust and Walk by faith.
Maybe you or a loved one is sick or has cancer, disease, etc. Walk by Faith. Even in the valley, God is faithful.
Maybe your kids are driving you crazy. I don’t know what else to tell you but Walk By Faith.
Maybe you have loved ones that are not saved. Pray and Walk by Faith.
Maybe you are moving and you don’t want to. Follow and Walk by Faith.
Maybe you are in a relationship and you don’t know whether you are to marry him/her. Seek wisdom and Walk by Faith.
Maybe absolutely nothing new is happening and you’re getting bored, stagnant. God is faithful in the everyday. Walk by Faith.
For anything regarding your future… WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.