Walk By Faith – ‘Faith’ like a Tree

1 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.

It was unseasonably warm in our region of Texas this past winter. Mostly between 50F and the high 70’s. Except for the third week in February. The snow storm, brought intermittent power and water outages for 3 straight days. 

During the weeks prior, the high 70F’s sure didn’t feel like winter, though it was. 

With all the warm weather, I wondered if the trees would come out early. I inspected the buds to see if they would pop open, but they didn’t. We can attribute the trees’ ‘wisdom’ to the Creator. God somehow programmed into the tree, wise council to preserve energy during the colder months, and protection from potential cold. It’s so interesting to try and figure out how certain plants, without a brain, follows the seasons set in creation instead of the unseasonably warm weather. They simply obey God our Creator.

Today’s verse exhorts us to walk by faith and not by sight. 

So what does walking by faith and not sight mean?  

First off, the Bible defines faith: Hebrews 11:1 Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 

The ‘Hall of Faith’ in the same chapter of Hebrews lists many historical people who believed and acted upon what God revealed to them. This trust in response to God was ‘credited to them as righteousness’. (Hebrews 11, Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:22, Romans 3:25) 

Our faith is an assured hope in God our Savior, and His good character. (John 14:19, 1 John 5:13-14, 1 Peter 1:3-6, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18) It’s knowing God has the power and the good pleasure to fulfill His promise. He will one day fully unite those of us who are in Christ, with Himself at the end of our life or when He returns. We need not worry about the ‘when?’ of His return. He is faithful and will do it in His good time. (1 Thessalonians 5:24, Mark 13:32, Matthew 24:36) God is outside the bounds of time, for He created it. (Isaiah 57:15, Psalm 90:2, Psalm 102:25-27) Before God created, He planned to send Jesus to save us. (2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2) We hold unswervingly to hope in Jesus. Though unseen, we wait patiently, for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23, Romans 8:24-25)

Since faith comes from hearing the word of God, we are to allow God’s Word to be our eyes. (Romans 10:17) Psalm 199:105 tells us that by God’s Word, we see. And so our thoughts and actions should derive from faith in His Word. (Romans 14:23) 

I preach to myself here. We are not perfect this side of Heaven. (Psalm 73:26) Only by the blood of Christ are we made perfect, and through His sanctifying work in us! (Hebrews 9:12, John 17:17, Hebrews 10:10) 

Here are two great verses pertaining to this mental battle:
Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” 
And 2 Corinthains 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

God’s Word should be more real to us than anything else. We are to seek to understand our experiences by scripture. The inverse is invalid. We should NOT seek to understand scripture by our experiences. For human understanding and emotion do not usually lead us to truth. (Proverbs 3:4-5, James 1:20, Galatians 5:23) 

If the tree in my backyard seems to portray a trustful obedience of the Creator, shouldn’t we? 

Heavenly Father, by wisdom You laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding You set the heavens in place (Proverbs 3:19). We marvel at your creation taking heed to Your wise council, will and command. Thank-You for restoring us to Yourself through Jesus’ perfect obedience. Enable us to walk by faith and not by how things seem. Let our faith be steady on Your Word, and not on distractions. ~Amen.