By Kendra Clarke
We live in a “me” centric society, where our needs and our wants come first. We sometimes believe that we are the captains of our ship, and that it’s what we say that goes. We don’t appreciate not having complete and utter control over our lives. We want, what we want, when we want it and don’t feel we should have to wait for anyone to tell us otherwise. This makes walking by faith and not by sight difficult for us humans to fathom. Try as we may, we often get sidetracked by what is going on around us in the flesh, that which we can feel, hear, touch, see, etc. Proverbs 14:12, tells us that, “There is a way which seems right to a person, but its end is the way of death.”
The Life Originally Intended
Adam and Eve experienced a close and intimate relationship with God in the Garden of Eden. The life that God originally intended for us, had been a reality for them. Faith was not necessary, as there was no wall or vail, curtain or boundary which separated them from the Creator. They walked with God, talked to God, they could feel God. What a life that had to have been as they could hear God speak as clearly as we can hear one another. Then in what seemed like a moment, mankind fell into sin and the line of direct communication was cut off. We must now depend largely on our faith, as physically seeing God, is not an option right now, unless through supernatural means with a glimpse into the spirit realm. “Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight, we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).
Led By Faith and Not By Sight
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrew 11:1). None of us know the plans God has for our lives and how each experience, good or bad, will fit into our own individual narrative. We may never know where God will send us before He sends us, but obedience is what He requires. That is where the act of faith comes in. No, what is practical or feasible, from the world’s standpoint, may not mesh with where God wants to take us. However, if we do what we are suppose to do, then God will do what he says He will do within us.
Uncertainty Keeps Us Off Balance
This uncertainty keeps us off balance and can be an uncomfortable feeling, to say the least. Being led by faith and not by sight or taking a leap of faith, is like being blindfolded and having God then ask us to take hold of His hand and to trust Him, though we can not see Him, feel Him, touch Him, hear Him in our flesh and to allow Him to direct our steps and our path. Yes this can be a scary proposition in the natural sense, but it can’t be any more terrifying than when we choose to go it alone. There is no assurance or guarantee apart from God because you can do nothing without Him. Jeremiah 10:23 informs us that, our lives are not our own and that it is not for us to direct our steps. Furthermore, it is “the Lord who directs the steps of the godly and He delights in every detail of our lives” (Psalm 37:23). We may plan your course, but God directs our steps (Proverbs 16:9). “Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3). “Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
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