Exodus 13:17-14:4; 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10; Mark 12:18-27
“Walk by faith and not by sight.” From a human standpoint, trusting the promises of God is difficult. Burdened by sin, people live in the present moment surrounded by fear, doubt, and worry. It is difficult to trust things we cannot see, simply because things we can see have a strong impact on our lives. Broken relationships, loss of employment, and medical conditions are but a few issues that challenge our ability to walk by faith. We need certainty; we need tangible evidence that everything will be alright. We need to understand God will come to help his people.
Walking by faith means following the unseen Lord into an unknown reality. Faith sees God’s presence. With a strong hand God delivered Israel from bondage, his presence made visible in a pillar of cloud and fire. With a compassionate touch, Jesus healed the sick. God’s presence is seen in restoration of health. When fear, doubt, and worry touch our lives, God’s presence is manifest through the eyes of faith.
Through faith, the God we cannot see is made visible. Through faith, God’s people understand the trials of earthly life will fade away. Through faith, we are saved by God’s grace forever.
Prayer: Almighty God, strengthen our faith so that we may see you and always feel the power of your love through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.