So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8
While the world tells us to put our feet on the ground and look well where we walk, the Bible tells us that we walk by faith, not by sight. Two driving forces that are opposite each other and one of them will drive our life. In our hands is deciding the quality of the fuel with which we fill the tank of life. If we fill it through our sight, we will be subject to the vagaries of circumstances. But if our tank is filled with the high octane of the faith, we will walk confidently no matter the road conditions.
If we are going to walk through life driven by faith, the first thing we must know is what faith is. That definition is found in Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Faith certainly gives us what we expect and convinces us that what we do not see is real. That is why faith is not only our fuel, but our radar, our GPS. And if we have trusted in Jesus Christ and been justified by grace, we not only walk by faith, but live by faith, as Habakkuk 2:4 says, Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.
Jesus emphasized much about the faith and several times told His disciples men of little faith. He said things like these: “your faith has saved you” (Matthew 9:22) and “Let it be done for you according to your faith” (Matthew 9:29). We have the glorious promise of His second coming; but He asks Himself a question in Luke 18:8, I tell you that he will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? Jesus wants to find us walking and living in faith at His triumphant return.
The good news of the gospel is impossible to be revealed in the absence of faith. Romans 1:17 says, For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith. We will live by faith because this is the key to eternal life and through it we are justified, as it is written in Romans 5:1, Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Without the Word of God there is no faith. Romans 10:17 says, So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
Faith is part of the fruit of the Spirit, as Galatians 5:22-23 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. And faith itself is a weapon of defense against the attacks of the enemy, as Ephesians 6:16 says, In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
If we love God we must walk by faith and live by faith. God is pleased by our faith and written is in Hebrews 11:6, Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him. That it is not our circumstances that lead the chariot of our lives, please God walking by faith and believing in the assurance that we will see fulfill all His promises. God bless you.