FAITH AND SIGHT
2 Corinthians 5:7 states, "For we walk by faith, not by sight."
Let us take a look at these two wordsÉFAITH and SIGHT. In the original Greek, FAITH is defined as persuasion or assurance. SIGHT is defined as appearance. Paul is reminding us here that the believer doesn't live his life based on the appearance of things. Our life might look torn and tried, but the believer KEEPS walking because of what he has been persuaded of and has assurance of... "a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." (2 Cor. 5:1b)
There are many ways the enemy will try to cause us to walk by sight. He wants us to look at our circumstances and doubt the promises of God. Have you ever stepped out in faith by doing something you feel would bring God glory only to find that you cannot see any fruit once you have taken the step? This is one way Satan can plant a seed of doubt in our hearts. So how do we walk by faith in such a circumstance? We choose to be assured of the truth... that NOTHING we do for God goes unnoticed. His Word tells us that if we give a little child a drink for His glory... HE notices and He will reward. Other ways we could be tempted to walk by sight is when we forget to look at ourselves the way God sees us, when we are going through a trial that appears to difficult for us to handle, or when we feel that we have no direction. So, for those of us that are tempted to walk by sight, let us be reminded that this is Satan's way of killing, stealing, and destroying us. Let us walk by faith, "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."
"Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him." (2 Cor. 5:9)