Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Walking By Faith
I recently read a devotional called, “Freedom for Following New Trails”, written by Barbara Johnson, Christian author and speaker. Prior to her death, Barbara was closely associated with the Women of Faith organization.
In the devotional, Barbara was relating the story of Kim, a blind woman who was learning to depend on her seeing-eye dog to lead her safely where she needed to go. As Kim learned to trust and rely on her furry friend, she began to experience a newfound freedom. Her steps were faster and she could go places she had never gone before. She developed complete faith in her four-legged companion. Barbara wrote, “ When we walk by faith and not by sight, God gives us a wonderful freedom to do things we could never have done before. We don’t have to be afraid, knowing He’s there. We can venture out; we’re freed to try new things for His glory.”
There is no doubt that our walk of faith is an exciting adventure. It is wonderful to see how God works in our lives and to feel that He is leading us with purpose. However, at times, we will face challenges such as discouragement, fear, or uncertainty as to His will. It is during these times that we must walk by faith and not by sight, pray for God's direction, then remain steadfast, sure, and confident that we are always safe and secure in the Shepherd’s arms. Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (NIV); Hebrews 1:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV); 2 Corinthians 5:7 “We live by faith, not by sight.” (NIV)