For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor. 5:7, NKJV)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Heb. 11:6, NIV)
It gives me joy and strength to think of Jesus walking by faith – especially during His passion. For surely he did walk by faith because he was well pleasing to the Father. Hebrews tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith. Jesus’ own remarks about what he said and did were also expressions of his close walk of faith with God.
“For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.” (John 12:49-50, NIV)
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19, NIV)
The Hebrew word Halacha means the way and was intended to show followers of Jewish law “how to walk it out”, that is, how to practically apply God’s word to daily life. Jesus demonstrated the Halacha of the old law as well as the law of love which is the new covenant. Jesus told us that walking the love walk would fulfil the entire law of God. (Matt. 22:37-40).
How? Before we could even ask the question, God sent his own Son to show us how it’s done. It wasn’t always easy. It wasn’t always pretty. But it was always productive and purposeful and it was always glorifying to God.
Does it surprise you to think about Jesus walking by faith? Wouldn’t that indicate to you that he wasn’t just ad-libbing life but that he was submitting to the Father’s will?
I love how Jesus didn’t presume to know the Father’s will. David in Psalm 19:13 prayed that God would keep him from presumptuous sins. For me this means I pray not to be arrogant and audacious in my words and actions on behalf of God, presuming that because he responded in a specific way yesterday that he will surely do it that way today. We can see in Jesus’ actions that he did things very differently from one day to the next. His interactions with people were anything but cookie-cutter.
Have you ever had a co-worker or a spouse or someone take your plans in a radically different direction because they assumed, based on previous actions, that this is what you wanted. Didn’t you just want to scream – “why didn’t you ask me? Why didn’t you wait for me?”
Guess we’re blessed God isn’t the screaming type.
He does, however, admonish us to wait. The disciples who were witnesses to the resurrected Christ, who ate breakfast with him on the shores of the Galilee, and were students of his last earthly lessons, were instructed to wait. Jesus was saying, there is something more! There is something you’re going to need.
It behooves us to do the same as we face the challenges of walking by faith.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10