Words from the Heart for Sunday October 30th, 2016
For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
Living by Faith
This life is not all there is. The trials of today are not an indication that God has stopped loving you. There is a word that will be spoken to you at the end of the age when you have remained faithful: “Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your Master.” There is a city without sin or stain that awaits. There is a day without sorrow or pain. Keep the end in view and press on!
Reverend John Foote is one of the most inspiring figures in Canadian military history. A chaplain with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Foote was part of the disastrous 1942 Dieppe raid and spent that terrible day carrying the wounded back under fire and ministering to the dead and dying. Several times Foote refused evacuation back to the safety of the ships. Given a final offer when he knew the alternative was captivity or death, Foote said he would be needed in the prisoner-of-war camps, and he walked back up the beach and into captivity. For his heroism, he was awarded the ultimate distinction for valour, the Victoria Cross. The Canadian military maintains an active chaplaincy program. In 2006, there were 185 military chaplains, all Christian with the exception of one imam.
We live in a physical world. We usually trust only what we can see and even that can be tenuous. Just ask six witnesses to a car accident and you will likely get six different views of what happened. Just the same, we usually trust what we see with our eyes. But the Bible speaks about the spiritual walk and Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:7: “For we live by faith, not by sight.” He is speaking here to the Corinthian believers and reminds them that we are not simply physical beings. The Christian life is marked by a faith walk. There is so much more around us than we can see with our physical eyes and feel with our physical fingers. The old song writer speaks of our fingers of faith. In other words, for the follower of Jesus, there is a reality to the spiritual and as we walk with the Lord, we do so by faith and trust. There is a reality all around us that our senses don’t tell us anything about. But the Bible tells us about it and as we read the Word, we become aware that the journey we are on is one of faith. We cannot see all that the Lord has promised us yet, but the faith walk tells us that God is near and He is directing. How are you walking by faith today? Trust God today that He will bring about what He has promised, in spite of what you are experiencing outwardly.
These have been words from the heart.