Put these thoughts together.
“for we walk by faith, not by sight.” ~ 2 Cor. 5:7
~ Is this teaching us to exercise blind faith?
“not by sight” is rather about discounting certain appearances or certain thoughts… It is about demolishing or of giving no weighting to everything that “sets itself up against the knowledge of God”.
“for the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ~ 2 Cor. 10:4
Then there is this – Mark 11:24 –
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Believe that you have received it – as if you already see it.
And also this:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.” ~Hebrews 11:1
Almost as if we see in one sense what we do not see in another sense.
Abraham is told that he will have a son “about this time next year”. ~ Genesis 18:10
Abraham then waits in faith, which means that in one sense he sees the son to come and in another physical sense he does not see. Yet still – if any appearances or objections come his way to challenge what God has told him, i.e. to challenge his faith in God, then Abraham does not see them. That is that Abraham does not walk by sight.
Faith involves an …
Evidence vs. “evidence” (to the contrary) clash.
Reason vs. (apparent) “reason” clash.
When we walk by faith and not by sight, the “not by sight part” means that we do not get deceived by false appearances. We do not get fooled by specious reasoning. We reason from God’s character and His great acts ad the apparent evidence and apparent reason. In the process the apparent evidence/reason either dissolves in front of our eyes or it just becomes minimized. Either way we see it far less than before or just plain fail to see it anymore. We do no walk by sight.
David vs. Goliath – Question:
~ How did David walk by faith and not by sight here?
He walked by faith:
~ Well. David saw the living God’s greatness. He by faith saw that Goliath & the Philistines were no match against the armies of the living God.
And not by sight:
~ He did not see Goliaths massive size and strength. He did not see Goliath’s massive armor or sword or javelin, etc..
Yes. Physically he did see all this of Goliath – but He saw God and reasoned from God to Goliath such that the impressive things of Goliath either became minimized or nonexistent.
~ Also think about the Paradox of Fiction & Divine Impassibility along with “Jesus wept”.
A cosmic weeping. Yes he wept for Lazarus but it really was for much more. – The human condition. Weeping in re.