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Walking By Faith
2 Cor. 5:7 NASB "for we walk by faith, not by sight"
Whatever else is involved in being spiritual, I am confident that it
involves walking by faith. Like Noah, who was willing to invest 120 years
building an ark because God told him a flood was coming. Or like Abraham
who did not argue with God when He told him to sacrifice his son on an
altar-a son that was born in his old age in fulfillment of a promise God
made to Abraham. Both of these actions were completely illogical, one of
them-the sacrificing of Isaac-would have been immoral if God didn't provide
a substitute sacrifice at the last moment.
When I mediate on those scriptures, I ask myself , "Could I walk by
faith like these two men?" Or would my doubts keep me from finishing an
120-year long assignment, like Noah had or one that would tear my heart
out, like Abraham had.
I know that some people are sensorial and others are intuitive. The
one makes decisions by the information they gather from their five senses,
the other makes their decisions by what their "gut" tells them. Noah's
and Abraham's obedience doesn't pass either of those tests. The empirical
evidence in both cases would say, don't do it. Noah had never seen rain-how
illogical to think it would rain so much that it would flood the earth.
Abraham understood that Isaac's miraculous birth was in fulfillment to
a promise that God gave him that through his seed, the world would be blessed.
How could Isaac fulfill that promise if he didn't live?
If these men were intuitive, neither of them would have been following
their heart. There's no way that Noah's gut would tell him to withstand
the ridicule of others to build the ark or that Abraham could have entertained
spilling his own son's blood for even a moment-not unless he had a sick,
Walking by faith is the ability for a sensorial person to lay aside
empirical evidence and an intuitive person to go against their heart because
they sense what God's will is and refuse to go against it. It isn't the
result of an irrational person "hearing voices" that leads him to commit
a crime, instead, it is a Spiritual person, in tune with God's will, who
commits intentional acts of obedience.
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