“Walk by faith, and not by sight” is a scripture that I’ve heard so many times, that sometimes, I forget just how powerful the words are.
For the most part, I’d like to say that I’m a pretty positive person. Always looking for the optimistic side of things, or even a silver lining. So quite honestly, this is a scripture that I find myself quoting to encourage others as they go through life’s challenges.
I’m not sure if this happens to anyone else, but I feel like at this point in my spiritual journey, whatever advice I’ve given to someone, I’m very soon after tested. It’s like, God says “Is that really what you believe?” “Show me”. It’s literally the testing of my faith; God requiring me to go deeper, to relate with others on a deeper level. It’s nice to offer a kind word when a friend is going through a tough time. But when you can relate, because God has pulled you through a similar situation? That’s when you can really pour into that friend, and truly encourage and inspire them, because of how God has stretched you in your own life.
Well what happens when your child is in the hospital unexpectedly? What happens when you and your spouse are no longer on the same page? What happens when your career is not panning out the way you’d always dreamed? What happens when you’re believing God for a breakthrough, but yet you continue to face the same situation with no end in sight? Where do you go, when life hurts? I mean, truly deeply hurts. The kind of hurt that no good intention-ed family member or friend can make better for you with their kind words or advice.
It’s very easy to lose our way in these kind of situations. It’s extremely easy to succumb to our feelings and what we see in front of us. It’s easy to allow our emotions to create a plethora of continuing negative outcomes. I know I’ve fallen victim to this, and I’ve learned that it boils down to fear. Fear that this unexpected and hurtful situation will continue to grow and grow. But these are the moments that we must remember that we walk by faith and not by sight. These are the moments that directly influence the results of our manifestation. This is the time that must be extremely vigilant when it comes to monitoring our thoughts.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely experienced situations that have challenged my faith. I’ve faced situations that I didn’t think I’d ever have to deal with. And although I knew God was in control, I’ve been disappointed because God allowed the situation. I’ve been conflicted; I know that there is purpose in everything He permits, but because I couldn’t see that purpose, I’ve felt helpless.
But God reminded me that fear is imagining a future outcome without Jesus by my side. He reminded me that Jesus said, “May it be unto you in accordance with your faith.” And if those reminders weren’t enough, He also reminded me that because He has delivered me before, He can do it again. He is not limited by anything, and He’s a good good father.
This is why we must walk by faith and not by sight. We don’t serve a natural God, He’s supernatural. So why would we take what we see with our natural eyes at face value? God’s reach is so far greater than what meets our eyes. And if, the reality we face is in accordance with our faith, when we really really need a breakthrough, we cannot afford to allow thoughts of fear, doubt, or worry to deter us from manifesting that breakthrough.
I pray that you walk by faith and not by sight; have unwavering faith; and don’t allow what you see, make you forget what you know about the goodness of God. Remember this in any of life’s obstacles that may come your way! He promised never to leave you nor forsake you! Be encouraged!