Walking by Faith, Not by Sight
Updated: Aug 22, 2019
Have you ever believed that God was going to do something, so you stepped out in faith - and the exact opposite happened? Maybe you believed God was going to increase your finances and suddenly you lost your job? Or, the Lord might say that he is calling you to a healing ministry and soon after, you start to feel sick – and sadly you call to make an appointment with the doctor? Your first thought is "I missed the Lord completely. I must have got it all wrong!" Only to find, as time goes on that when you lost your job, it forced you to get a new job and it increased your finances.... just as the thing you were believing the Lord was doing for you . And going to the doctor one time didn't ruin you have a healing ministry, but made you have compassion for the sick. It actually made your healing ministry more effective!
From the book of Genesis, we find that Joseph could really relate to this! The Lord gave him a promise that he would be in a position that his family would come before him and honor him and the story goes on to tell of a lifetime of misfortune for Joseph. His brothers sold him into slavery He was falsely accused of trying to rape a woman. He was thrown into prison. If anyone could have said, “Maybe I missed it!”, it would have been Joseph!
Psalms 105:17-19 says
“He sent a man before them— Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him.”
Joseph's faith was tested and then we find that the testing and trials of his faith was all worth it... there was a horrible famine in the land and because Joseph never gave up faith and hope in the Lord, his entire family was restored! They honored him and were astounded that although they sold him into slavery, Joseph was on a faith journey that ended up saving the entire family!
In the book of Exodus, we find the story of Moses. Moses had faith that he was suppose to be a deliverer of Israel from their slavery in Egypt. When he saw that an Egyptian man mistreated a Hebrew slave, he killed the man. He was shocked the next day when two Hebrew men confronted him and called him a murderer..... he actually ran for his life! It would be MANY years later before the Lord would bring up the subject again.
The Lord appeared to Moses in a burning bush and explained that Moses would go talk to Pharoah and tell Pharoah to let God's people go from the bondage they were in. That was a pretty tall order! Moses seemed to have little faith when he asked the Lord,"why would they listen to me?" The Lord explained, “Throw down your rod and it will become a snake”. Easy enough! I am sure he had faith to move mountains as he watched the rod become a serpent and back to a rod again when he picked it back up!! There it was settled!
However his faith was tested again when he was standing in front of Pharoah, he threw his rod down.... and then the Egyptian magicians did the SAME thing with their rod! Did he give up and say – I must have missed it? No, he knew that God had told him what to do and he was going to complete his mission! And sure enough, he led the entire nation Israel out of Egypt into freedom!
There was a certain man from the tribe of Levi, whose wife was horribly murdered by the men in another Hebrew tribe. He gathered all the tribes of Israel together and asked the Lord.... should we go and fight against our brothers for this crime? The Lord answered, “Yes, go up against them”. The result? The Levite lost tens of thousands of his fellow Israelites in the battle! What? If you obey the Lord shouldn't you have success? He asked the Lord again, “Should we go up against them again?' The Lord said, “Yes, go up against them". Again, they were horribly slaughtered.
I think we would all be asking that man, “Are you SURE the Lord told you that?" Then on the 3rd time, the same thing happened again, and the Lord gave them an incredible victory and justice was served for the crime that had been committed against this innocent man. This Levite went by faith in God's word to him, not by what he saw happening. Blind obedience is always a walk of faith not based on the outcome but on just being obedient to the Lord and His word. The results are up to Him.
Hebrews Chapter 11 gives us a run down of the “WALKING BY FAITH HALL OF FAME”. Yes, it goes on to say how people risked their lives and put all of their trust in God ONLY! Abraham left his country without knowing where he was going, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, Noah built an ark... before there had ever been rain!
There is a whole list of people who walked by faith based on a promise that God had given them. And some of them didn't even receive that promise on this side of eternity! But God says that these are the ones who are pleasing to Him... the ones who will simply believe what He says, like a little child simply believes their parent!
Have you ever accepted God at His word and been mocked and ridiculed? Our salvation begins with a simple act of faith... receiving forgiveness of our sins through what Jesus did on the cross. As our sins are washed away and we experience the joy of being united with the Lord - with all of our guilt and shame erased... we think others will be just as astounded and happy for our new life in Christ as we are.
Unfortunately, there are many who will mock and ridicule us for our new walk of faith. Don't worry, after you live steadfast in the Lord for a period of time, many of those same people will come and tell you they can see the peace and joy in your life. Don't let your faith be shipwrecked by naysayers!
The bible says for us to not be weary in well doing... because we will reap a harvest if we do not faint! Don't be discouraged by things you see or feel, but trust God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding! (Proverbs 3:5,6)
Teresa Kelton is the editor of Daughters of Zion - Ellis County. If you would like to invite Teresa or any other Daughters of Zion minister to speak at your church or group - just click on the "Invite Us" tab at the top of the page.