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Walking the walk of faith

2 Corinthians 5:7

"For we walk by faith, not by sight"

Walking by faith and not by sight in the hope of our salvation requires action. God does not just take care of everything for us while we sit back in our comfortable armchair admiring His handy work on the weekly highlights package on a Sunday morning.

God did not walk on the water for Peter, He did not deliver Isaac to the alter, He did not take the place of Moses in leading the Israelites out of Egypt, and He did not take the place of Noah, Joseph, Daniel, David, Paul, Silas, Sarah, Mary, Ruth, etc. Whilst God was with them every step of the way, guiding, protecting and making a way, each one of them had to walk the walk of faith – they were doers of the Word of God and not just hearers or onlookers.
Each one of us needs to make obvious our salvation through our love and obedience to God's Word; evidenced in our actions, attitudes and mindsets. When we look at the great men and women of God, we see that their lives evidenced their hope and trust in a living and faithful God. Through their actions and attitudes, they showed that they believed and stood on the promises of God; trusting Him wholeheartedly; no matter the conditions, no matter the perils, storms or trials.
Moses trusted whilst in the wilderness, Daniel whilst in the lions den, Joseph whilst in slavery and prison, David when he faced Goliath, Rahab when hiding the spies, Ruth when she stayed with her mother-in-law, Paul in his many persecutions, Peter when he stepped out the boat and Abraham when he had to walk a very long and difficult road taking Isaac, his promised and treasured son, to the alter.
Despite the circumstances, these ambassadors of God walked by faith and not by sight; trusting in the almighty living God and standing steadfastly on His promises. In each of their accounts, God undertook and, through patient endurance, they obtained the promises of God as reflected in Hebrews 6:13-15 which says, “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise”.
Hebrews 6:11-12 says, “And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises”.
Be encouraged today not to worry about the impossible circumstances which may appear to be looming ever larger on the horizon, or the disheartening and saddening state the world finds itself in today. Only, may we look to our almighty Father God, who, as He has done throughout history, will continue to guide, protect and deliver His diligent, faithful and patient saints from the clutches of this world. Our hope is not in this world. Rather, our hope of glory is Christ in us.

So today let us not be distracted by that which we see, but let us walk the walk of faith looking only to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Prayer for today:
Dear Father God, please help me not to focus on my circumstances which sometimes seem overwhelming. When I become weary, please always remind me of Your promises which I can take hold of as I diligently evidence, through faith and patient endurance, the hope which accompanies my salvation, that is, the spirit of Your Son abiding in me and me in Him. AMEN

This ODAAT daily devotion written by Gareth Hosking

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