Daily Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:7:
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
If I was to translate 2 Corinthians 5:7 from the Greek terms into a rendering in the English it would read as follows:
We live with the belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ not by the external or outward appearance. So, we use our natural senses to navigate the natural world but in the spiritual world we walk by faith. It is only by faith that we can make sense of things we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).
The trouble is faith often runs contrary to our natural senses. This is why the Bible challenges us to live by faith rather than by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Lean on your own carnal understanding and you will never live the abundant life that God has promised. It is only by faith that you can receive what He offers.
To walk after the flesh is to only be mindful of natural things – what we see, hear, touch, etc. through the use of our senses. But to walk after the spirit means we are mindful of spiritual things – what God has said and is now saying, and what God has done and is now doing.
A non-believer cannot walk in the spirit. The natural world is the only world he/she knows. But when you have been born of the Spirit (Galatians 5:25) you have a choice to walk by faith in the Spirit.
The whole back drop of 2 Corinthians 5:7 is the argument that what is the worst thing that could happen to you- one day you might die? Don’t live your life afraid of that. “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1). In the end, it’s all good. In fact, don’t be surprised by the twists and turns in your own adventure story. 2 Corinthians 5:5: “Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
The Holy Spirit reminds us that we have a home in heaven- and He is with us guiding us, helping us live our time when we are not in heaven with God to trust Him. The Holy Spirit does this as He points us to Jesus Christ, and all that Jesus has accomplished for us in this life and the life everlasting to come.