What Walking by Faith Really Means

Think of Job’s suffering. Satan the accuser, sovereign God, Job’s friends are the principal players in this story. Job makes some affirmations as well as some complaints, because he has done nothing wrong, 19:23-25. In 13:22 and 31:35 he asks for an audience with God. And then things turn when Elihu speaks and says some wonderful things about God starting in 37:5, 14 and 22-24. And then....God speaks, 38:1-11. Then Job responds in 42:1-6. And then in verse 5 there's this: my ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.

What do you hear and see, Jesus asked of the disciples in Matt 11:4? Many had only heard of the mighty deeds of God, magnificent deeds recorded by inspired eyewitnesses and prophets; very few were fortunate to see them. Matt 13:16,17; John 20:29; 2 Kings 6:15-17. Will we believe though we have not see with our eyes? Trusting what our ears hear though our eyes have not seen? That is what walking by faith really is.

Standing on the promises, Psalm 119. There are about 20 verses talk about having confidence in God’s Word: 2, 5-6, 37, 42, 50, 57, 91, 120, 128, 133, 135, 137, 164, 165, 167-168 Trust - confidence in spiritual realities: here are some areas that challenge that trust:

  1. Sobriety. It sure has affected Brett Kavanaugh. Do we trust when God’s Word says repeatedly not to be filled with wine? Why does He insist on it? Who knows why, but He does. We don’t have all of God’s wisdom.

  2. Modesty. We are not to be promoting lust or an attitude of "look at me as I dress provocatively."

  3. Cross bearing. What we are called to do vs. what do we want to do? Are we convinced the way of the cross leads home? He who loses his life for my sake will find it. Will we set ourselves aside for accomplishments of higher purposes?

  4. Fellowship. My pursuit of union with God, by pursuing holiness and righteousness.

There are a lot more topics we could talk about, things that we have not seen with our eyes but that we need to trust in because of our faith. God will render to every man according to his deeds, Rom. 2:6-8. I don’t need to see a miracle. This is the tenor of the Bible. There is a narrow path and few will find it. It is narrow because it will take effort to find it it. You have to seek it. Will we only believe what our eyes see? Or will we believe based upon the eye witness testimony of others who did see? When by his grace I shall look on his face, that will be glory to me.

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