Every day we walk by sight. If we don’t, we will walk right into things (e.g. walls, people, trouble). The gift of sight is a precious treasure as we notice the glowing sky, the blooming flowers, the beauty of our child, the artistic and athletic motions of others, and the delight in a friend’s face as we approach him.
To not have physical sight would leave us void of many amazing things in this world. To lose our eyesight would not end our life but would significantly hamper our ability to freely move around and even function independently.
And yet, sight can actually become a danger to us in our walk with the Lord. We may begin to rely upon our own physical senses and trusting in them. Clothed in humanity, our frail and fallible senses will sometimes lead us astray. When’s the last time you heard your name called but realized it was directed toward another person? Or when you ate something that tasted good only to discover it was actually spoiled?
Instead of walking by (physical) sight, we are commanded to walk by faith. The Bible defines faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). It’s not a blind faith, since it’s rooted in the living Word (Christ) and the written Word (the Bible). Without faith we cannot please God, so as you continue your spiritual journey, examine what you are walking by? Is it sight or is it faith?