About three years ago we moved into the home we are currently living in. We had prayed about finding a home that would fit what we hoped and prayed would be our growing family. Our son Liam, was 2 when we moved in and we were so happy to finally have a back yard he could run around and explore in, and room for more siblings. We were excited and thankful the Lord had provided our new home. So we began to decorate our new place and noticed there was a big space of wall above our living room that just looked empty, and we couldn’t figure out what to put there. After staring at it for I don’t even know how long.. a year? We decided to put up a wall decal we had found online that we liked. It was 2 Corinthians 5:7.
“We walk by faith, not by sight.”
It fit perfectly. I look at it each morning and thank God that He has given us this faith and that even though we cannot always see Him, we know He is with us. Like I mentioned, the decal is in our living room, which is primarily where my husband and I do most of praying and Bible reading and where we as a family spend the most time.
As the months and years passed our prayers for more children were not answered, or at least the answer was “no” or “not yet. I can’t tell you how many times in that room with that decal above us, that have we prayed, begged, and pleaded with God for more children. In that very room we have played countless games with our beautiful son, and thanked the Lord for blessing us with our Liam. We have spent many nights snuggled up, watching movies just the three of us. We have had Bible studies in that room, watched the news, and had many discussions on what is happening in our country and in the world. In that very room we have cried out for our family and friends who don’t know the Lord. In that room we have praised God for all of the answered prayers, for all of the healing and redemption we have witnessed, for seeing the power of the living God work miracoulously in our lives and in the lives of those around us. We have enjoyed time with family and friends, and have celebrated many holidays and special occasions in that room. In that same room, last year I curled up alone on the couch, after my husband and son were asleep, and cried night after night over the two babies we lost to miscarriage. So many memories have been created in that room. A lot of living has happened in that “living room,” all while above us hangs the words: “We walk by faith, not by sight.”
Almost every morning I wake up to find my husband quietly reading and praying, and some days I wake up right after he has left for work and the couch is warm and the room still smells like coffee. As soon as I wake up, I usually pour myself a cup of coffee, plop my tired self on the couch and read the Bible and pray before Liam gets up. At least this is the goal every day, and how I like to start my day. I have found so much joy and peace in the morning when I can just get into the Word and be alone with Him.
One morning as I was reading through Habakkuk, a verse stood out to me: Habakkuk 2:4
Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
I looked slowly up at my wall decal and I began to think about how much the God speaks through His Word about this “walking by faith” business.
Think about it, every Bible hero had to walk by faith. Noah, Moses, Abraham, David, Daniel, Joshua, Jeremiah, Esther… Matthew, Peter, Paul .. and on and on and on.
Here are just a few more verses on the subject:
John 20:29 –Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed.”
1 Peter 1:8 -Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
Hebrews 11:1- Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
2 Corinthians 4:18 -as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Do you see a common theme? God’s people have always had to walk by faith. How can I read and believe the Scriptures, and then be upset when I am called to do the same? We are called to trust the Lord with our lives even when we can’t what’s next.
I heard a beautiful explanation of Psalm 119:105 -Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. By Pastor Neil Hoffman (paraphrased):
“Think about if you were to walk down a road or path at night where there was no other source of light and all you had was a lantern to help you see where you were going. You probably wouldn’t be able to see what was down the path, but that light from that lantern would help guide your next step.”
And so it is for the Christian when we are walking with the Lord. His Word will be a light to our path, we may not know what’s down the road, but we must trust Him and where He is leading us.
I have been guilty of wanting to know exactly when, where, what, and why, in certain situations in my life and the Lord often reminds me that it’s just not my business knowing yet. He teaches me over and over again that I need to fully and completely trust in Him alone. Friends I admit this is something I need to come to Him daily on. As I read through His Word though, I am aware and humbled by His grace and patience with me, of His goodness, faithfulness, trust worthiness, and His great love for His people.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
So are you walking in a season of unknown? Maybe it’s your health, or career situation, a new ministry, relocating, not knowing how you will provide for your family financially, addiction, school, your marriage, your children, your parents? Maybe you’ve been wanting to share the gospel with a loved one but you just don’t know how you’ll get over your fear? Most Christians I know to are often experiencing some level of unknown in their lives. The funny thing is, these same people are the happiest, most peace filled, and joyful people I know!
Why is that? Friends, it’s because of Jesus, and what He has done for us. He has liberated us from sin and defeated death, and He calls His people to walk with Him. This faith we have, is a gift from Him alone! When we discover the joy of trusting in Him in every area of our lives.. we experience true freedom.
You see, walking by faith is so much more than just a cute wall decal my friends… It’s our marching orders.