“we walk by faith not by sight” – 2 Cor. 5:7
Isn’t it amazing how much there is that we as Christians believe in, but cannot see? This statement by Paul comes in the midst of a discussion on the future hope of believers. Presently, we do not see the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:23-25), but instead, our existence is marked by groaning and affliction. Though God promises that we have been justified and cleansed and liberated from sin, we still feel very strongly the corruption of our remaining sinful nature. And though the kingdom of God has come, we do not yet see the redemption of the world (Rom. 8:20-21), but instead, we experience the futility of creation in all manners of hurricanes and earthquakes and other natural disasters. What we see with our eyes contradicts our future hope and suggests to us that our hope is an illusion. This is the challenge of walking by faith.
Yet this challenge of faith is no different from the one faced by Abraham, the father of the faithful (Rom. 4:16). The circumstances he faced in his life should have surely quenched any hope of having a child through Sarah. He was nearly a hundred years old and Sarah’s womb was as good as dead (Rom. 4:19). Yet, in faith Abraham believed that God could do the impossible and that He would be true to His Word. This challenge of faith also no different than the one faced by Christ, who looked to the joy set before him (Hebrews 12:2), even as he was preparing to walk the Calvary road leading to a cross and a tomb. And as a result of his faithful obedience to the Father, the Author and Perfecter of our faith did not remain in death, but overcame death and rose to sit at the right hand of the throne of God.
And so today, we, who are of the faith of Abraham, look at our groaning bodies, and our stumbling lives and this fallen world, and against all odds, we ground our hope in the resurrection of Christ, and we cast ourselves on God, Who will one day do the impossible. We walk by faith, not by sight.