for we walk by faith, not by sight–
– 2 Corinthians 5:7
The apostle Paul, in his second letter to believers in the city of Corinth, emphasized the central difference between believers and unbelievers: walking by faith. And in making this point, Paul helped define what faith is: it’s not walking by sight.
To “walk” in this sentence, is, of course, just another word for “live.” Paul is talking about how we live, how we conduct ourselves, how we go about through life. In other words, what we do when we’re awake and not sleeping.
To walk by sight is to live merely according to what our five senses tell us. It’s keeping our eyes on people and their approval of us. Most people live this way in 21st-century America. It’s a fearful way to live – always wanting to make sure you look cool, acceptable, “with it.” The crowd is constantly communicating the behavior they want from you, and when they decide to ostracize someone for not being politically correct, everyone else gets in line so it won’t be them next.
To walk by faith is to be accountable to a higher power – a power who cannot be seen or contacted with the five physical senses. This power is Jesus Christ – risen from the dead, ascended into heaven, King of the Universe. He wants us to trust Him. He wants us to do what’s right – not because we have a gun to our heads, but because we love Him and trust that He can see how we live and be affected by it.
You have the power to please or displease Almighty God today. How will you exercise that power?
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, I won’t live today by what I can see; I will live by what I cannot see: Your heart. Strengthen my heart so that I can love You with the decisions I make and the attitudes I take on this day that is before us…(being quiet before Him)… Amen.