Devotional

“for we walk by faith, not by sight.” –  2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)

Like it or not, self-driving cars are coming. 

Google, Apple, and Tesla are racing to produce autonomous vehicles for public transportation. Google and Tesla are testing self-driving cars on public roads, and Tesla has already begun to roll out self-driving features in their high-end electric cars. In the next several years we should see the first fully autonomous car that needs no human participation in the driving process. By the time our future children are grown up, learning to drive a car may be optional. You probably don’t understand the technology. Most people don’t. Basically, we are being asked to drive by faith, not by sight.   

 In his letter to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul had a similar message about faith: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” For those believers of Jesus Christ living in Corinth, the works and miracles of Jesus were only stories told by those who had traveled with Him. They wished that they could see Jesus in His glory so that their faith would be made strong when faced with difficult days. How often do we want the same thing? How often do we find ourselves as Thomas who refused to believe that Jesus had risen unless he touched Jesus’s nail-scarred hands? In response, Jesus told Thomas, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (John 20:29)

As Christians, we are called to live by faith and not by sight. To walk by faith means that you believe and obey the Bible’s commands before mankind’s commands. To walk by faith means that you choose righteousness over sin, no matter what the cost. To walk by faith means that you trust God in every circumstance rather than going by your own wisdom. To walk by faith means that you believe God rewards those who seek Him, no matter what anyone else tells you: “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).

Walking by faith in this life means we are to rely completely on all that God has said in His Word. The life of faith filters our thoughts, actions, attitudes, and words as we listen to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit, follow His directions, and trust in the Lord with all our hearts. Unfortunately, we sometimes return to living by sight, by leaning on our abilities and trusting in our emotions. 

Basically, to walk by faith requires that we get really good at listening and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit and following the truth of God’s Word. We choose to live according to what God reveals to us, rather than trusting our own understanding or what the world tells us.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the barriers to doing something every day that requires faith?
  2. What can we do this week to overcome those barriers?