Walk By Faith

Paul stated with confidence: “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). This verse has been used to propagate considerable confusion concerning the Christian’s spiritual guidance. It has often been argued that true faith is blind, wholly trusting itself to a total lack of evidence and, instead, relying upon a “gut feeling” or “inspired intuition.” In fact, some will become agitated and defensive when they are asked for some proof of their faith (cf. 1 John 4:1ff), as though by merely asking, God is somehow as offended as the one of whom Divine documentation is being requested concerning a conviction or persuasion. Sometimes, understanding what a thing does not mean helps us to understand what it does mean.

Paul was not saying that we are stumbling blindly through life with no guidance (Psalm 119:105) or moved by whim or emotion (Colossians 2:23). Quite the contrary! “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Therefore, we must walk (or live) only by what God has revealed in His Word. When there is an absence of direction, we cannot just throw our best uneducated guess at the issue and hope God likes it. If God has not given His authorization for something, then we should not say or do it since “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). Further, Paul is not saying that we should be blind at all; it is just the opposite! “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Eph. 5:10). The very nature of Christianity is to expose, reveal, and shine. This can only be done with light; and Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).

Those who walk by faith live by a “thus saith the Lord” (cf. Colossians 3:17) and make no apology for it. You should, too.

JDS