Walking by Faith

by Mike Ratliff

For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened–not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. (2 Corinthians 5:1-10 ESV)

When I wrote my first book back in 2004-2005 I titled it Walking the Walk by Faith. I got that title from Jeremy Camp’s song Walk by Faith. I had a group of friends help me edit the manuscript. One of them could not grasp the difference between faith and blind faith. To her, all faith was blind because it implied trust. She conceived of this walk as one of stepping out into the unknown simply trusting that God would make it all work out. Is this how Christians are to walk by faith? The passage from 2 Corinthians I put at the top of this post says that we walk by faith, not by sight. This seems to imply a blind faith, but is that what this means? Continue reading