One Day at a Time
To pass the time while on a long car trip, it’s fun to read bumper stickers. Some can be amusing: “Remember you are unique, just like everyone else.” “Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.” “If you don’t like the way I drive, stay off the sidewalk.” Every once in a while, bumper stickers can be thought provoking: “No one is listening until you make a mistake.” “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” “Know Jesus—Know Peace: No Jesus—No Peace.” Sometimes quite clever: “Triumph is just umph added to try.”
And once in a great while you come across a long one with much wisdom: “Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.” But there is one bumper sticker I hope I shall never see: “I drive by faith not by sight.”
Second Corinthians 5:7 is a verse that could be made into a bumper sticker. It’s one of those verses that, in just a few short words, summarizes our life as Christians. “We live by faith, not by sight.”
How is God leading you to live by faith and not by sight? Have you ever been sick and wondered if you’d get well? Have you ever watched a loved one suffer with an illness? Or an injury, wondering what the outcome will be? You learn to trust God and live by faith one day at a time. Off to college. Starting a new job. Getting married. Raising children. Preparing for retirement. You learn to trust God and live by faith, one day at a time.
Evelyn Knecht is 101 years old Christian. She once told her pastor, “You know, Pastor, I can’t walk. I can’t see. I can’t hear. But you expect that when you get to be my age. But there is one thing I haven’t lost. And that’s my faith in Jesus.” And then she laughed a hearty laugh! She learned to live each day by faith and not by sight.
It is an on-going lesson and a great blessing, day after day for each of us: living by faith, and not by sight. It can seem unusual to “surrender” your sense of sight in favor of the Godly “vision” of faith. But by God’s grace, that’s how Christians grow and learn to live more fully and more joyfully in Christ. May God bless you to grow in his kind of vision, relying on your Savior Jesus at every step of your journey of faith.
Pastor Martin Spaude
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