walk in the word
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Have you ever had a time in your life when you wondered where God was? “I couldn’t see Him working, I couldn’t see Him or sense Him.” Honestly—has this ever been you?
We’re continuing on the air in a series called God at Work: Even When I’m Not Seeing It.Seeing it, that’s the key. Everybody’s rock solid on God when He unrolls His plans in front of us. The challenge becomes to believe and to know and to act consistently as a believer when we’re not seeing it.
If you want to follow Him with your whole heart as long as He gives you breath, you have to break the human addiction to seeing. That’s right, to sight.
Jesus said in John 20:29, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” The apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “We walk by faith, not by sight.”
Physically, we very definitely walk by sight. But I’m not talking here about how to walk around in this world. I’m talking about the spiritual you. It is absolutely critical that the spiritual you walks by faith. I bet some of your most discouraging seasons of faith have been when you have said to God, “You say You’re this or that, but I’m just not seeing it.” But God never promised that we would see Him work. God is determined that the life of His follower is a life of faith. Sometimes you’ll see His hand, sometimes you won’t.
Question: Did the sun come up this morning? Yeah, it did. It always comes up. Hosea 6:3 says that God’s going forth to work in our world is as certain as the dawn. Think of it. God is always at work and He’s looking for people through which He will carry out His plan.
“The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, searching for those on whose behalf He can show Himself strong . . .” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Up and down the globe His eyes search. “Where’s the person who’s filled with faith? Where’s the person in whose life I can work?” Oh yeah, God is always at work.
What about you? Can you embrace the fact that God is working even when the road is tough and challenging? God forgive us for the times that we have said harshly, “This is way too hard. How could God be in this?” Do you think that difficult circumstances prove that God isn’t working, when, in fact, the Bible goes out of its way over and over and over to say the opposite? That difficult circumstance is not God pulling back from you; difficult circumstances, many times, is when God is drawing towards you—embracing and growing you.
What tedium or difficult circumstance do you face today? Are you trying to figure out where God is? Some of you moms are getting ready for another winter with toddlers. Ugh! Indoors, all winter, every day the same thing. If I asked you what you are going to do today you might say, “Well, I’m cleaning up the food the kids spilled at breakfast and then I’m gonna do some laundry.” Listen, God is right in that place!
Do you know that God is in that place where you work? Even if it seems so regular, He’s right there! I know some of you carry a heavy burden because you go every single day to a job you don’t like. You’re thinking, three million minutes to retirement and counting. Recently I talked to a man I greatly respect and asked him how it was going at work. He said, “You know, James, my job provides for my family and it gives me an opportunity to serve God. I don’t love it, but I’m thankful for it.” Man, is he ever right on. God forgive us for thinking that if He’s not showing up in some flashy, phenomenal way that He’s not there working and ordering our steps. No, I tell you, God is at work even when we’re not seeing it.
I don’t doubt that any one reading this wants to know that God is working in your life. If you want to break that addiction to seeing, you first must confess that at times you’ve judged God harshly. Perhaps even demanded to understand Him and His ways. (As if.) Then you must acknowledge to Him:
“Lord, I know it’s true. You’re working, always working. Thank You for Your work in my life today. Thank You for Your work in my children and my marriage today, even when I’m not seeing it. Thank You for Your work in my church today. Forgive me for needing chills and thrills before I acknowledge Your hand. Teach me what it means to live, not by sight, but by faith. Make me a man or a woman who stands strong—not just for myself, but for my family and for generations to come.
“I want to make a covenant with You today, Lord. I want to tell You again that I am Yours; I belong to You; all that I have is Yours. You’re everything to me. Help me in these uncertain times to be filled with faith and obedience. Help me today to break my addiction to sight and instead to take hold by faith that You are at work, even when I’m not seeing it. Amen.”
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