For we walk by faith, not by sight- 2 Corinthians 5:7
He who walks by faith can walk in the sunlight as well as you can, for he walks with God—he has enlightened eyes, but he can walk in the dark as you cannot, for his light is still shining upon him. He trusts in the unseen and in the invisible—and his soul rejoices when present things are passing away. We will not tarry longer upon this point except to say one thing, namely, that those who walk by sight walk alone. Walking by sight is just this—“I believe in myself.” Whereas walking by faith is—“I believe in God.” If I walk by sight I walk by myself. If I walk by faith then there are two of us, and the second one—ah, how great, how glorious, how mighty is He!
He is the Great All-in-All! He is God All-Sufficient! Sight goes to war at its own charges and becomes bankrupt and is defeated. Faith goes to war at the charges of the King’s Exchequer and there is no fear that Faith’s bank shall ever be broken. Sight builds the house from its own quarry and on its own foundation, but it begins to build and is never able to finish. And what it does build rests on sand and falls. But Faith builds on the foundation laid in eternity—in the fair colors of the Savior’s blood—in the Covenant of Grace! It goes to God for every stone to be used in the building and brings forth the top-stone with shouts of, “Grace, Divine Grace unto it.” Beloved, when you say, “I will do so-and-so,” you may be very proud.
But when you can say, “God will do so-and- so, and I believe it,” then you will be humble and yet you may glory and boast as much as you will because there are two of you together. It is not “the sword of Gideon,” but, “the sword of the Lord and of Gideon,” and Jehovah cannot be defeated. “The life that I live I live not, but Christ hides in me,” and this is the grand advantage. In living by sight you have to get your own wisdom, your own judgment, your own strength to guide you. And when you get into trouble you must be your own deliverer, and your own comforter, and your own helper or else you must run to somebody as weak as yourselves who will only send you deeper down into the mire. But when you walk by faith, should there seem to be a mistake you have not made it. Should anything seem to go wrong, you did not steer the ship. And if the ship should run aground, you are not answerable and will not be blamed.
It is yours to be watchful and careful, and to believe that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are the called according to His purpose. But besides this we know that nothing can go wrong while God is in the vessel! Blessed be God, when Christ is on Lake Gennesaret there may come a stormy night, but every vessel gets safely to port. (Taken from C. H. Spurgeons sermon For we walk by faith, not by sight)
All things work together for the good
of those who love God and are the
called according to His purpose.
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria