For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
There is something immeasurably poignant about a tiny bird, newly hatched, trusting a parent it cannot even see yet to provide the nourishment it needs. Yet there is powerful wisdom in this image that beautifully captures the essence of what it is to walk by faith. These baby birds don’t pause to consider that they are quite possibly the most helpless of creatures. They don’t worry that they have no means to defend themselves, and they don’t wonder if, when they open their mouth, they’re going to be given anything other than food. It’s absolute blind faith, a kind of deeply-rooted, instinctual trust. They are utterly blind to the world, and this is the basis for their unquestioning faith.
We cannot truly walk by faith until we learn to walk blind to the logic and reasoning of the world.
One of the greatest arguments against faith is that it simply doesn’t make logical sense, at least not according to worldly reasoning. Faith defies physical reality. It accepts miracles and expects the impossible. It sees healing where the world sees disease. It sees deliverance where the world sees bondage. It sees victor where the world sees victim. To walk by faith defies every single convention, teaching, and principle the world has to offer.
Our entire lives, we are taught to reason, to apply logic, and to interpret reality in terms that are scientific and empirically provable. Faith believes that God created the earth. The world promotes various alternatives that all involve some kind of chemical reaction and gradual evolution. In limiting itself to the literal, the things we can taste, touch, smell, hear, and see, the world excludes the God who made all of these things possible, preferring the scientific theory that some kind of ‘big bang’ resulted in the incredibly intricate and detailed, often minuscule and certainly immeasurably complex creatures and eco-systems that make up this universe. When we walk in faith, we challenge the fundamental premise on which the entire world belief system is built.
The reality is that the things of God are not measureable or always explainable. They cannot be understood without spiritual discernment, and this is only possible when we have faith. I’ve heard many non-believers declare that they wish they had faith, but somehow they just can’t believe. It’s a tragic attitude, because to walk by faith is, first and foremost, a choice. It isn’t some miraculous phenomenon that automagically happens to us. It’s a conscious decision we must make and then act on. When we make the choice to walk in faith, we automatically make the choice to walk blind to the things of the world.
While the things of God always have immense practical value and application, they cannot be defined or understood by applying the conventional strategies of the world. That’s rather like trying to squeeze a marshmallow into a piggy bank. It simply doesn’t fit. The things of God are spiritual. They are not limited by time or space because they are eternal. They aren’t governed by the law of gravity or any other scientific theories that explain the workings of the world. While all of these facts about our universe are entirely true, that’s because God has ordained and put them in place to ensure that creation remain as He wanted it. To walk in faith doesn’t deny that these exist or even their validity. It simply recognises that the limitless power of the God who created all things is far greater than the sum of His creation.
To be bind to the world doesn’t imply disbelieving or disregarding established scientific fact. That is simply foolishness. When we walk in faith we must first acknowledge reality because the reality of the natural world is as much part of God as spiritual reality. But faith is the bridge between the natural and the spiritual. It is the acceptance and certainty that the spiritual dictates the natural and not the other way round. The spiritual existed first in God, who is Spirit, then worked spiritually to effect creation. Only the spiritual contains the power of life, the power to create, because all things spiritual exist only in God. Even the devil and his minions are created creatures.
To be blind to the world means to be blind to the limitations and restrictions that worldly logic and reasoning impose. It means ignoring the demands of science that refute the existence of God. It means turning a deaf ear to the arguments and pretensions that continually raise themselves up against the knowledge of God. It means defying the pressures to confirm to thinking and teaching that seek to elevate man above his creator. To walk in faith means to believe that what is written in the Word is the absolute truth, no matter what the world says or how eloquently it may seek to ‘disprove’ it.
To walk by faith means to walk by the spirit, rather than by the principles and reasoning of the world. It means to walk in the spirit, rather than in the world. It means to walk according to the ways of God which are far, far higher than ours. When we walk by faith, we walk in the spirit – in eternity, in the place of unlimited possibility and God-empowered reality. It is a place of perfect liberty, of the true freedom that can only be found in Christ, and it is the place of perfect peace, removed from the negativity and fear that the ‘reasonable’ arguments of the world engender.
Teach us, Lord, to walk blind to the world. Help us to see past the pretensions and reasoning that deny Your Word and try to dilute Your truth. Teach us to walk in and by Your spirit, to look beyond the worldly limitations to the things that reveal You and Your glory, and grant us the discernment to see You at work rather than the reality that limits our walk with You.