Walk By Faith | Short Sermon Series
Faith, to most people, is quite an abstract idea. What does it really mean to have faith? The Bible teaches us that faith is “confidence in what we hope for, and assurance about what we do not see” (Heb 11:1). Hmm… that’s still quite theoretical. So let’s apply it to a practical example! When we sit on a chair, we have faith – confidence in our hope that the chair does not break under our weight, and assurance that it won’t, even though we cannot see or have not inspected the screws that hold the chair together. And this faith moves us to enact the action of sitting on the chair.
The same theory applies to our faith in God. We have a strong confidence in His power and love for us, even though we may not see Him physically, or be able to see into the future. And our faith moves us to trust in Him. It’s also important to know that this faith is not a blind faith, it is informed by our past experiences with God and a confidence in His character through our reading of scripture. As we get to know God better, our faith gets stronger for we become more confident in who He is and assured of His love.
In 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul encourages us to walk by faith and not by sight. That might seem rather scary – but there is actually a lot of comfort to be found if we do not rely solely on what we can see. With faith, bleak circumstances that we see do not have to be the end of our stories – we have a hope and assurance that despite what life presents us, God will come through in a miraculous way. When we walk by faith and not by sight, we fix our eyes on things above, for what is seen is temporal, but what is unseen is eternal.
May this verse encourage you today to know that the troubles that you see are not unsurmountable. God invites you to walk not by sight, but by faith. Our God is faithful, He will surely deliver you.
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