LIVING BY FAITH NOT BY SIGHT

“For we live by faith, not by sight”.

2 Cor 5:7 NIV

“One evening, toward the end of William Booth’s life, when he was almost completely blind, his daughter found him in his study. Taking him over to the window she asked him if he could see the lovely sunset. ‘No, my dear’ he replied, ‘I cannot see the sunset, but I shall see the sunrise’” (The Soldier’s Armoury, 1978, p23). The great leader of the Salvation Army lived by faith long before he lost his eyesight. And his faith told him that he would one day be ‘with’ the Lord and would see him face to face. A new day would dawn, and he would be “for ever with the Lord”. Then life

would be one long sunrise.
Christian believers accept and live by many promises and hold

on to many hopes. They do not see in the physical, here and now sense. They “look” to the future, and the hope they look to anchors them more securely and surely in the present. They know that they cannot know everything here and now – but they believe it and cling to the hope that God will answer all their confusing questions in that realm where all will be made clear and plain. “In the new age we shall see and be ‘with the Lord’, but in the present age we relate to him ‘by faith’ exercised in response to the gospel. This is a sober corrective to enthusiastic Christians like the Corinthians who, in desiring spectacular and miraculous signs, were demanding from God in the present time what really belongs to the future” (P. Barnett, The Message of 2 Corinthians, p100).

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, help me to live by faith and not by sight.

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION

Lord, help all the health workers who are engaged in the campaign to preserve life in the present pandemic. Renew their strength and energy so that they can carry on when they feel they are tiring. Help them to remain cheerful, gentle and understanding towards all their patients. Grant them adequate rest. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN

I.B.R.A. Readings

Acts 28:1–10