Updated: Dec 31, 2021
Let's begin with what the Bible tells us:
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
What does it really mean to Walk by Faith and not by Sight? I think before we can answer this we need to look at what faith is Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Faith is trust and confidence in the Lord and His plans. Keeping our eyes fixed on the Lord, will strengthen your faith for when you cannot see clearly.
As we walk through life, we are faced with many different circumstances, involving anything from where to send your child to school to how do I save my marriage? Or maybe you are presented with an opportunity or decision to make. Quite my job and become a missionary or adopt a child? I do not know what you are facing or what you are called too…. But what I do know is God is true to His word! What He tells us is true, and what He reveals to us in the Bible is trustworthy! Life will change, situations will change but God will not!
A great example of this verse is found in Joshua 5 and 6. When Joshua faced the walls of Jericho.
Now before we see Joshua overcoming the walls, let us first go back to get a glimpse of his heart for the Lord…which is key Joshua 5:13-15 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” 14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the Lord’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy. And Joshua did so.” This is where we see Joshua’s relationship with the Lord, his desire for God’s will by asking for His message, and reverence for the Lord shown by his worship. In order for us to live by faith, we need stay in fellowship with Him and ask the Lord for His message daily and posture our heart towards the Lord. It can be difficult at times with all the distractions in the world, self-help advise books, like do what’s best for you or listen to your heat really? My heart isn’t always wanting to honor God and sometimes what I think is best for me is straight up selfishness!
Ok back to the story…
Now let’s read the message given to Joshua by the Lord. We read this in Joshua 6:2-5 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. 3 March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
Alright, so God gave His instructions and promise, Joshua had a choice to make. Yes, Lord I will walk by faith because I trust you and I know victory is in You or Hold up, this is a pretty far fetched plan, have you seen the wall? Did I hear you right?
Here is Joshua’s faith in action. Joshua 6:6-7 So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” 7 And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”
So even though they approached a well-guarded city with an extremely high wall, they walked by faith and not by sight and followed the Lord’s instructions.
I believe his faithful response is the byproduct of his intimate relationship with God which involved again (Him seeking the Lord, asking for His message and worshiping Him.) His faith was rooted in the Lord which gave the trust and confidence to follow the Lord’s instructions. He knew the character of God.
Now we get to read the about the victory found in verses 15-16 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!
Amen, I get chills reading that part! Seeing the Lord’s faithfulness blows me away. Victory is found in Him!
So when He calls you down a path or to a new season or to obey a command…He will be victorious and He is true to His word. Once again…Our faith should be firmly rooted in these truths… fellow shipping with the Lord regularly, waiting on Him, asking His will, worshiping Him all of which will produce a walk that is fueled by faith and not by sight.
See the Lord knows all from beginning to end, and knows our hearts inside and out!
A recent small wall of Jericho in my life was when the Lord gave me a vision in 2015 to pursue Personal training and form a Faith based fitness business. I had been asking His will for the next season of my life, now that Austin was heading off to Kindergarten. I really had no idea what it would be, but I wanted it to bless the Lord, my family and other’s.
So when the Lord gave me this amazing vision, I was so pumped, and beyond excited!! I knew this was the Lord and I could not wait to follow through. So I began to buy the study material, get a notebook, and so on…
See my obedience was a piece of cake, easy up until… the walls began to present themselves. In my case these walls were past struggles, weakness and insecurities I had built up!
To give some back story to where these barriers were stemming from. Most of my school aged years I experienced quite a bit of academic difficulties; struggling with reading comprehension, having to attend special reading classes, and going on “hooked on phonics”. Eventually labeling myself the “dumb twin” because Britt my twin was the valedictorian and academics were a breeze for her. It never came easy to me, I would become frustrated and quit! That was my pattern.
So my walk by faith in the beginning of this journey soon began to waver and for no other reason then, me taking my eyes off of the Lord and His message to me. I found myself walking by sight according to what I saw to be unbreakable walls. I often would say, what am I doing? Who am I kidding? Why would I even think for a second I can take on this academic challenge?
But you know what, the Lord is so good! As I regularly asked for His message of encouragement daily, He comforted my heart, and became my confidence. He also used Ryan to remind me of His promises. Thank You lord for fellow believers to help spur us on, right! This guy happens to be my husband. Ryan reminded me of two things, 1. do not be defined by your past struggles and 2. that to grow in our faith we must go through the process of walking by faith. That process is what molds, grows, and refines us...and leads to a stronger faith and glorifies the Lord. As we walk through life, we are responsible for our efforts, actions and most of all our obedience to the Lord’s message to us. The results and outcomes are 100% up to the Lord!
To sum it up, the walk around my wall of Jericho to pass the exam and develop this business has been stretching, amazing, mind blowing, a leap of faith, and absolutely glorious! Why? Because my heart knows even more now that God is trustworthy, He is faithful, He cares for me, and He knows me. We can walk boldly in faith like Joshua did at Jericho. He will equip you, and so intimately guide you every step of the way, have faith. A popular saying is “Where God guides he provides.” True That!
So I want to ask you, is there a wall of Jericho in your life? Anything in your life seeming impossible or unattainable? Some of you may be thinking how can I walk by faith? My Jericho is impossible; the walls could never be broken down.
Maybe you are facing a fear or a challenge? Maybe you are amidst a relationship hardship? Or are you at your wits end and giving up on a goal?
I encourage you:
-To continue to seek the Lord wholeheartedly
-ask Him daily “what is your message for me?”
-spend time in worship
- meditate on His Word
-recall on past victories you have had in Him.
The Lord has a plan for your life, made just for you!
-2 Samuel 22:29-31 You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall, “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.