"We walk by Faith, not by Sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7
Is faith really blind? I've thought to try to answer that question, in perspective of my own life, and what that means. A couple of weeks ago I ordered some wall decals to decorate the hallway of my condo. One of them was 2 Corinthians 5:7, and I put it right on the wall that faces the entryway to the kitchen. Each time I leave through that same space, I see that message. It gives me strength to keep stepping forward, and a tangible way to experience God's presence.
The common understanding of "walking by faith and not by sight" is that we do not know what the future holds, but we trust that God is going to lead us and take care of us. That is by far what it's saying, and it's what gives me strength each moment I feel discouraged. It's a resounding reminder, softly spoken from the whispers of the Holy Spirit, "trust me, trust me, trust me." His quiet, gentle and compassionate nature draws us in to believe, to hope, and to trust that all things will work out for our good (Romans 8:28).
But in my own life I've come to see it's more than just agreeing to believe he's going to take care of us, as I'm sure it is for everyone else. We aren't blind in our decision to follow Jesus, to trust him when things don't make sense; God doesn't just tell us to trust and not deliver. All throughout scripture we see evidence of a God that keeps his promises and is faithful. In addition to that, individually he shows us his faithfulness in our own lives. I can look back at countless ways God has spoken to me about something in my life and how he moved to make what he said happen. This is something believers share in their individual relationships with God, how he works nothing but good in our lives, which gives us that assurance we know we can have to put our faith in him to work out all things.
So I don't believe my faith is blind, purely by definition. I want to follow Jesus because I've seen with my own two eyes how good he's been to me in my life. I want to follow Jesus because he was the one who was there for me when the entire world and those that I loved couldn't be. I choose to trust him when I don't understand what's going on in my life not because of what I read in scripture, but also because of his repeatedly consistent faithfulness to helping me in my life. He sees me through all of the ups and downs, and he's the greatest support system I have. He can be that for you too no matter what obstacle you're facing in your life.