Finding God by Faith and Not by Sight

By  Karen O’Connor:

walk by faith and not by sight

As I look back on my life, I did just the opposite of what the apostle Paul taught in the Bible.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7 New Testament.)

Finding God by faith and not by sight, took me by surprise when I committed my life to Christ at age 42, because I had lived by sight for so long. All my choices and decisions had been based on what I felt, what I noticed, what I heard and saw in the world. And I held my own point of view in high regard.

That is, until the crisis of an unwanted divorced knocked me down. I lay there as still as a stone. I had no resources, no help, no answers–until a counselor friend asked me a disturbing question. “How are you and God getting along?”

What kind of a question is that? I wondered. I hadn’t even thought about God except when I said a mere ‘thank you’ before a meal. But that question would not let go of me. It started a journey that led me to Jesus Christ––his teachings, his promises, his friendship––and to the knowledge that to walk with Christ, is to live by faith, not by sight, in marriage, in parenting, in relating to everyone I encounter, and to ask for His grace when I fail.

I started attending church, enrolled in a Bible study, and made friends with people whose faith-walk I admired. The sermons of Charles Spurgeon, one of the great Christian preachers and writers of the 19th century, led me to a deep and personal relationship with God. Check out his Sermon #677: Faith Versus Sight one of many he preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London.

According to the history of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) began preaching in 1853, before he was 20 years old.

“Charles H. Spurgeon pastored the church for 38 years, founding a pastors’ college, an orphanage, a Christian literature society and The Sword and the Trowel magazine. Over 200 new churches were started in the Home Counties alone, and pastored by his students. His printed sermons (still published) fill 62 volumes.”

“During Charles Spurgeon’s ministry tens of thousands were converted to God under the preaching of the Word.”

He once preached to 23,654 people at once– at The Crystal Palace in London.

I hope you will take time to read his Faith Versus Sight message with so many interesting insights.

I also like this quote from author Peter De Vries:

“It takes a lot more faith to live this life without faith than with it.”

Finding God by faith, not by sight is a journey you won’t regret.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor

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