Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
The Christian not only "lives" by faith, but he is to "walk" by faith as well. Walking implies going forward, moving and making progress. It implies that we are going some place. We hear much about our standing in Christ and our inheritance and security, but "standing" is not enough. Because of our "standing" in Christ we are to go forward in our Christian experience. Walking is good exercise. Just standing makes us weak and flabby and lazy. It makes us prey to many temptations which we do not experience when we walk and press on. If we "walk in the Spirit, we shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh."
But we are not only to walk, but to walk by faith. We must depend in faith upon a reliable guide who can see in the dark and who knows the path which lies ahead. We do not know the path one step ahead and so we follow our guide. How little we know of what lies before us this very day! But we can trust our Guide. The Holy Spirit is our Guide and the Bible is our road map. Jesus said in John 16:13, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth." Is your walk directed by the Holy Spirit? Only as you seek His will as revealed in the Bible can you walk in the dark. Now indeed we "walk by faith and not by sight." How fortunate that we cannot see everything about us! If we could see the roughness of the road we might despair. If we could see the mountains just ahead we might become discouraged. And so we walk by faith in Him Who can give strength for the way and lead us around the obstacles or carry us over if need be. (M.R.D.)
All the way before, He's trod,
And He now the flock precedes,
Safe into the fold of God,
Jesus leads, Jesus leads.
— J.R. Clements
"If the Great Pilot is at the wheel, why should the captain pace the deck?"