Lifeline, 4/7/2016

Lifeline 2016-04-07

I’m not sure if anyone else enjoys people watching, but on occasion I like to observe how people walk. Some are very businesslike, walking on a mission, with no time for obstacles or delays. Others walk in a more meandering path, where time is not of the essence, and a straight line is unimportant. Children are great fun to watch (unless you’re the one trying to keeping them going in the same direction). Often, their feet follow their eyes to the “next interesting thing” on their journey. I wonder how people would describe my (or your) Christian walk.

Paul gives us an exhortation for our walk with Christ in 2 Corinthians 5:7. He encourages us to “walk by faith, and not by sight.” The walk of faith is centered upon following God and His promises. As we walk by faith, we are declaring that we believe that God has our best intentions in mind, even if things don’t always line up with our natural way of thinking. The walk of sight is focused, not upon God, but upon life’s circumstances. Just like the Hebrew spies who went into the Promised Land and saw the abundance, but they were overcome with fear because there were giants in the land. Joshua and Caleb also saw the abundance, and the giants, but they responded with great faith, “… the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.” (Numbers 14:9)  Truly, the LORD is with us, too. Do not fear! Walk by faith!

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

A Fellow Faith-Walker,
Pastor Jeff
 
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