Walk by faith, not by sight

Stand up, close your eyes and take ten steps. Can you imagine what it is like to be blind? After just a couple steps you will probably be disoriented. It is so unnatural for us to walk without looking where we are going, yet this is precisely how we must live in order to obtain true happiness. We must walk by faith, not by sight.

Every decision you make – every big decision, every small decision – is a step of faith or a step based on sight. All the decisions you make – from the decision about what class to take to how you respond to irritation from another person, from how you decide to help someone in need to how you respond to a text message – all the decisions you make work together to determine who you are. All your decisions reflect your view of life, your view of yourself, your view of the future.

Will you live a life of faith, a life of virtue, walking by that faith? Or will you live a life based only on what you see and feel, dependent on your own resources, figuring out how to work all things to your own advantage?

To our eyes, a life of faith seems a lot riskier. To walk by sight seems to make more sense. We see risks, and want to avoid them. We see pleasures, and want to pursue them. These two lifestyles are very different and have distinct outcomes:

Two Lifestyles
Walking by Sight
Walking by Faith
What guides you?
Your senses, eyes, ears and emotions. External appearances are deceiving. If it feels good do it.
Virtue and piercing the worlds veil of fear to look behind the curtain and see what’s in a mans soul.
Your outlook on life?
Short term, temporal, no tomorrow, no soul.
Long term, eternal, great care taken on condition of soul.
Relationships?
It’s all about me, I come to be served.
Its all about you, I come to serve.
Money and possessions?
Must accumulate as much wealth and possessions as possible, constant anxiety over money.
Thankful for what you have, share with others, all that is not given is lost, content.
Suffering and inequity?
Whine for justice and equity, deal with suffering by despair, no hope.
View current afflictions as temporary, character building, justice coming in long run. Hope.

There are indeed risks and dangers in the walk of faith. It requires discipline and self control. There will be pain. There will be suffering. But in the long run those who walk by faith we be rewarded. Those who walk by sight may appear powerful; they may appear successful; they may appear happy. But in the end they will discover that earthly riches are temporary; they do not last and are ultimately unsatisfying. They should have been more concerned about investing in the condition of their soul for eternity.

We are all challenged to “walk by faith, not by sight”. This task is as unnatural as walking with our eyes closed. But the more steps we take, the more comfortable this walk will be come, and the more confident we will be of the destination of our walk. And ultimately that is what the reward of faith is all about – “to see what we believe”.