“For we walk by faith not by sight” – 1 Corinthians 5:7
Abram walked by faith, Lot by sight:
I am nearsighted, doubly so. One is an effect of sin, the other is sin. First let’s talk about the one that is an effect. I think I first got the hint when driving at night; the lights were blurry, not clear like they used to be. Then I discovered that it was hard to read signs. One night I put a hand over my left eye… my 20/20 vision was gone. I can read a book just fine. As I type I can see this computer screen easily, it is the Lord’s Prayer that hangs across the room that gives me fits. This is an effect of my greater blindness – I can see my computer so easily, it is the Lord’s prayer that gives me fits, doubly so.
Man is born in darkness, spiritually blind. In addition Satan works with this blindness (1 Corinthians 4:4). The saints are called out of this darkness into light (Colossians 1:13, 1 Peter 2:9). We are called to be farsighted. Prior to regeneration we were driving down the road of life, we may even have like to thought it was a ‘spiritual’ road, but the signs were a blur. We might have convinced ourselves they said “heaven” or “happiness” but it was a lie. We were nearsighted, concerned only with the passing things of this world (I John 2:15-17). We were consumed with the worries of traffic or entertained by the red 53 Chevy truck next to us, or infatuated and lusting after the cute blonde next to us. We could only see the immediate, the passing, the wasting, the empty, the vain, the hopeless, the ending, the dying… darkness and lies.
Oh, but our glorious heavenly Father, by the working of His Holy Spirit and the promises of the gospel called us out of darkness into light, he gave us new eyes so that we could see the light of the knowledge of glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. He is transcendent, eternal, true, everlasting, never ending, unfading, glorious, immutable, and faithful.
Sin is a haze I must always fight. Sin robs me of this glorious vision. This is the opposite of how I should live. This present world is meant to be a blur, the next crystal clear. Right now we see it, like a preview, in breaking and redeeming men as the gospel advances and robs the hearts of men. We see it in His Holy Word as the Spirit gives us sight. We see it by faith. But the greatest effects of God’s redemption are yet to come. This present body shall be destroyed and a new one be given. Both of my eye problems will be remedied. I will with my very eyes look on the Lord of glory (Job 19:25-26, 1 John 3:2).
For we know that if the tent that 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. – 1 Corinthians 5:1-10