What does it mean to Walk by Faith?
Well, in my last post I talked about how faith is the belief in something that natural senses can’t see, but you believe that you will receive the reward when the spiritual meets the physical. Now that we’ve got that out of the way; let’s talk about what it means to walk by faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:7, it gives us an indication as to what walking by faith means.
“For we walk by faith and not be sight”
Now, many of you may be asking: “Walk by faith and not by sight? Isn’t that just what you said in the first paragraph?” Well, the answer to the question is: “NO!” because to walk in faith means that you wholeheartedly believe trust and have faith in God that He will do what He said He would do. Let’s take a look at one of Jesus’s 12 disciples; Simon Peter or Saint Peter as he would later be known. Peter was the first of Jesus’s disciples to display faith in something he couldn’t see. In my opinion, Peter was known as a fisherman, but he was also known as a man of faith.
On several occasions throughout the four Gospels, we see Peter as a man who is willing to put his faith in something he cannot see, yet still, believe that whatever it is will come to pass; even if the other disciples had given up. That doesn’t mean that Peter wasn’t one to lack faith; to me, it means that Peter was someone that strove to continue believing in the unseen and walk by his faith in Jesus Christ. Mirror Ministries founder Daphne Delay did a devotion on CBN, entitled, “Is Seeing Believing?” which focused on believing in something that we couldn’t see.
She would later say that “The greatest faith any of us could possess is the ability to believe without seeing.”
In my personal experience as a Christian, it is tough to walk by faith and believe that everything will work out the way God said it would, but as a person; I have come to realize that not everything is going to be easy and that sometimes; you just have to put one foot in front of the other and continue to walk in your faith.
I recently listened to a song by Christian artist Jeremy Camp called, “Walk by Faith” and I won’t go through the whole song, but I will give you the first two line of the chorus.
“Well I will walk by Faith
“Even when I cannot see”
These first two lines of the verse describe exactly what kind of faith we as Christians and people should have. Dena Johnson, founder of Dena Johnson Ministries wrote an article entitled, “What Does it Mean to Walk by Faith?” where she focused on this very topic.
Dena Johnson said that “Walking by faith and not by sight requires you to go to a place you do not know, one that God will reveal as you walk in obedience”
As I said, God wants us to come to Him and put our faith in Him, but it doesn’t just stop there and God does the rest; No, we also have to continue to walk in that faith and pursue it until it reaches its intended destination. In my opinion, another good example of walking by faith is Job. Job lost everything that one could have at that time and had health issues suddenly thrust upon him, but he still had faith in God; even when his wife told him to “curse God and die” or his friends were making inaccurate assumptions as to why he had lost everything.
While we may not be able to fully understand, what God has in store for any of us, it is up to us to have faith in something that we can’t see, but know will be for our benefit.
Dena Johnson has several statements about walking in faith that I feel are good examples as to how we should continue to live our lives.
- Walking by faith means that you continue to cling to the dreams God has planted in your heart, even when you’ve been thrown away, taken to prison for crimes you didn’t commit
- Walking by faith requires a strong determination to follow God’s plan regardless what life throws your way.
- Walking by faith means you have the courage to stand up for the hurting, broken, and down-trodden, to face death yourself for the good of others.
- You just may have to play the part of a fool
- If you choose this path, you must be willing to get out of your comfort zone…
- You must be willing to let God take your world and turn it upside down, shake it up, and start all over again.
- You must be willing to let God out of the neat little box that you have put him in, to let him show up as he sees fit.
In the end, though, walking by faith and not by sight is a personal decision. If you choose to walk by Faith, then get ready for a bumpy and rough road ahead of you because walking with Christ is never easy.
So, the next time something happens in your life and you can’t seem to find a way out, but to look up; will you ask yourself: “Will I walk by Faith even when I can’t see the entire road?”
Delay, Daphne. “Is Seeing Believing”, CBN, http://www1.cbn.com/devotions/is-seeing-believing . Accessed 12 July 2017.
Johnson, Dena. “What Does it Mean to Walk by Faith?”, Crosswalk.com, http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-does-it-mean-to-walk-by-faith.html . Accessed 12 July 2017.
“Walk by Faith (Lyrics) – Jeremy Camp.” YouTube, uploaded by Parkway Worship Ministry, 2 years ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQMUa96ZTHA . Accessed 12 July 2017.
Author Unknown. “For we walk by Faith, not by sight. -2 Corinthians 5:7”, http://www.photoswithquotes.com/picture_quote_for_we_walk_by_faith_not_by_sight.htm . Accessed 12 July 2017.
iBelieve.com. “I Will Walk By Faith Even When I Cannot See,” http://www.ibelieve.com/inspirations/i-will-walk-by-faith-even-when-i-cannot-see.html . Accessed 12 July 2017.