.......We'll walk by faith, and not by sight! " So sing Keith and Krystyn Getty... I love this song, and I've been playing it over and over from youtube. As you have figured, I am still trying to learn about this faith walk. My former student gave me some information on the topic that I will discuss below.
Those who "walk by faith" confide in revelation for authority. In fact, our faith and the revelation of God's word are so connected in the Bible that sometimes the gospel message is referred to as "the faith" (Jude 3). After all, the only way to "walk by faith" is to walk as Scripture directs (Romans 10:17). Perhaps the most pointed statement of the supremacy of revelation to experience is in 2 Peter 1, where Peter says that he believed not only because of the great sight he beheld on
the Mount of Transfiguration, but also be cause of the "even surer prophetic word" (2 Peter 1:19, NASB marginal note).
How difficult it is to close the flesh and to hope in what we cannot see. I was reminded of Abraham and the promise of Isaac and the blessing through Isaac that was divinely revealed to Abraham. He waited years for Isaac, and then in the flesh thought the promise could be fulfilled with his own "help" in having Ishmael. Of course, that is the easiest thing to believe. Having Ishmael is also quicker, yet it happens through our own sight. When actually, in walking by faith, we would trust God, and not rationalize a way for the promise to be fulfilled through our eyes.
Wow. What a difficult concept to understand. I have to admit I worry for Philip and his health, because of the condition of his spine. Am I acting in faith? Or am I crazy for not pushing for a spinal operation? Is that a lack of faith in God, or is it God's answer and I cannot accept it? I truly believe that God will heal Philip's spine. There will never be a spinal fusion. If our spine surgeon says he could never make Philip's back completely straight, and that is impossible, then I have the Word that tells me the things that are impossible with men, are possible with God. One of the first verses we ever were strengthened with was from Genesis 12, "Is there anything too hard for the Lord?"
No. There is nothing too hard for the Lord.
Press on! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-YISm700Pc&feature=related