October 13 (1 Thessalonians 5:9, 2 Corinthians 5:7)
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. (ESV)
Have you ever participated in a trust fall? You stand up, close your eyes, fold your arms across your chest, and fall backward into the arms of another person. It may seem rather hokey, but it does prove a point. You simply will not give up your attempt to control your own life unless you completely trust the person you claim to trust.
What does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight? Let’s start with the end of that statement. It means not attempting to figure things out. It means not trying to see what we cannot see about next week or tomorrow or later today. It means not using all our experiences and education to control the future in an effort to protect ourselves from harm. Are you scared yet? A little bit nervous, perhaps? We spend most of our lives trying to control life, either so it doesn’t hurt us or to get whatever it is we want. Walking by sight is the natural way to go.
Why, then, would we give that up? Let’s be honest for a moment. How has that control thing been going for you? Don’t you find that you expend more time and energy trying to arrange how things should happen than actually doing them? Okay, you say, but why should I trust God? Because of 1 Thessalonians 5:9. God loves you! The Bible says right here that God’s plan for you is not for you to suffer His anger. Do you get that? God does not want you to suffer punishment or be separated from Him. He wants you to be united with Him forever, and He has made that possible through Jesus.
Now does that sound like someone you can trust?
God, I’m here again, giving back to You the control I have tried to take over my life. It is just such an easy habit to fall back into, Lord. Help me today, just today, to walk by faith in You and not by what my own senses perceive. I will come to You with the same prayer tomorrow. In the name of Jesus, amen.