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Devotional - week of February 8, 2009


WALKING BY FAITH

… we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

A life of faith is a life of believing in and experiencing an invisible world. It is the opposite of walking by sight. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

The Book of Hebrews details the differences between the old covenant that God made with the Israelites at Mount Sinai and the new covenant brought into being by Jesus. The old covenant has features that one can see. The new covenant is about living in a world we cannot see. The faith chapter of the Bible, found in Hebrews eleven, includes the following statement about Moses:

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27

In a passage on suffering, Paul writes:

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Suffering drives us to God for His grace. His grace will help us face the suffering. In doing so, we are like Moses. We see Him who is invisible.

In a revealing doxology, Paul writes in 1 Timothy 1:17:

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:17

There are plenty of observable evidences of the invisible world. These encourage us to live by faith in a world we cannot see. It is through trusting in resources we cannot see that we live by faith. When we live by faith, we live by grace.