God requires faith from us. Faith in who our Lord claims to be. Faith in God’s salvation plan through Jesus Christ alone. Faith that God will never leave us or forsake us. It is through the humility and courageousness of our faith that God honors us as His children. It is through the humility and courageousness of our faith that God establishes an intimate and eternal relationship with us and lavishes us with His unfailing love.
For we live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7
Faith is not a feeling. Faith is not about feeling that God is who God claims to be. Faith is not about feeling that I am saved. Faith is not about never feeling alone or abandoned, confused or frustrated, worn down or burned out during the hard times of our lives.
Faith is not a feeling. Faith is a conscious decision to take God, and to trust God, at God’s Word. Faith often involves risk and uncertainty. Faith can sometimes involve long periods of waiting (from our perspective) to hear from God, or to sense any leading from God. Or to recognize the evidence that God really is – and has been – answering our heartfelt prayers.
So why should we live by faith and not by sight? Because it will only be by humbly and courageously trusting God that we will intimately know that God is who God claims to be: loving, holy, righteous, just, wise, compassionate, eternal, intimate, sovereign, faithful, true. It will only be by humbly and courageously trusting God that we will know Jesus Christ as our Savior, the one and only true “mediator between God and mankind” (1 Timothy 2:5).
But! Don’t take my word for it. Take God’s! God actually encourages us to seek Him and call out to Him. God promises to reveal Himself to those who would risk checking God out for who God claims to be.
Faith humbly and courageously agrees with God and the Truth of God’s Word:
That we have been purposefully, wonderfully and fearfully, made in God’s image, and through the redemption and salvation of Jesus Christ, we will yet be transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory. – (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:1-14; Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49; 2 Corinthians 3:18)
That God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. – (Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10)
That God has an everlasting love for us, and calls us to love Him and love others. – (Jeremiah 31:3; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Mark 12:29-31; 1 John 4:7-21)
That God intended us to have eternal life with Him, and through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, the power of sin and death was fully conquered. – (Genesis 2:9; Isaiah 53; Daniel 12:2, John 3:14-17; Romans 8:37-39; 1 Corinthians 15:52-57)
That Jesus is the fullness of God’s grace and truth. – (John 1:14, 17)
That Jesus is the way and the truth and the life…the only way to the Father. – (John 14:6)
Faith is not a feeling. It is a decision, humbly and courageously made, to trust God at His Word – every day of our lives!
Living by faith is so much more than anything sight, or any feeling, could ever offer us. Our faith causes us to be embraced with the fullness of God’s love and life, hope and peace for which our very souls crave. Our faith in Jesus as our Savior and Lord is something to live by, something to walk by, to run and jump by, sing and dance by – now and for all eternity!