Not By Sight

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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There was a day when I needed to have my hair cut in a strange land far from home. So, I located a nearby hair salon down the street from where I was staying. When I got there, I met four persons: three mature men, whom I assumed were barbers, and a young chap of about eleven years of age. So, I sat down for a cut.

I was expecting one of the mature barbers to pick up the clippers, but to my greatest surprise, the three of them held back for the boy. When I turned and asked why, they all started laughing, and one of them said, "Don't worry! He is better than the three of us put together. Just relax!" So, I waited to see the wonder in this young chap.

I must confess that by the time he was done with the cut, I understood better why the other three held back. "Good" was an understatement. His hands were so firm on the clippers beyond my imagination, and I said to myself, "Truly, the eyes are deceptive."

The same principle applies in our spiritual life:

2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight. (KJV)

A lot can go wrong when we act based only on what we see and hear, and not on what God is saying.

Firstly, in things pertaining to spiritual life and godliness, what someone is today should not be the basis for conclusions about the future concerning them. Faith and spiritual growth have little beginnings, and only God knows the potential in any individual, or even in ourselves.

Secondly, physical appearances should not be our yardstick for measuring potential, for God judges by the heart. David was small in build but was mighty in the hands of God. In every situation that he found himself, he always sought to see it from God's viewpoint. While the men of Israel saw a giant, David was seeing an uncircumcised Philistine. No wonder he broke Goliath in pieces!

Thirdly, whatever the situation that is surrounding believers, be it even challenging and suffocating, they must see what God is seeing and refuse to lean on their own sight. Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10b KJV)

Believers must learn to ask God about everything before they leap. He never makes mistakes. When God reminds us through Paul that "we walk by faith, not by sight", He means for us to see what He is seeing in every circumstance.

From today, become conscious of the Spirit in everything you do. Always find out what God is saying concerning everything around you. Ask Him in prayer what He thinks, and He will answer speedily.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV)

Prayer: Spirit of the living God, speak to our spirits today, for we want to hear from You. Help us to trust in You, so that You can direct us in everything we do. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen. Thanks, I enjoyed it

    Thanks for the good word, Owen.

    Excellent counsel, Owen. Thank you.

    Thank you for encouraging us with this devotional. Blessings.

    Amen to your prayer, which is from me as well.
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Well-said and illustrated, Owen! Truly fresh insight into a new way of looking at the world.

    What a stirring devotional you have written! Thanks for sharing. I appreciated your prayer particularly …
    Spirit of the living God, speak to our spirits today, for we want to hear from You. Help us to trust in You, so that You can direct us in everything we do. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

    Hello Owen,
    Thank you for another very important reminder to us, to be mindful to follow our Lord’s word rather than jump to our own conclusions. Faith in the Lord’s directions and following His plans are of great benefit in our daily lives.
    Blessings for your very thoughtful writings.

    Great advice.

    Thank you for your submission “Not by Sight”. I appreciate and learn from your devotionals. We truly can learn spiritual lessons from day to day experiences. God bless you as you continue to teach and encourage His people along the way. Keep well and keep safe.

    Dear Owen.
    I could say, “Let us always walk by God’s sight and not our own.” And then
    I pray, “Dear God, please gift us with Your sight to control and fill out
    our initial God-given insight”.
    May God continue to bless you with His insight to continue to write.
    For God’s sake,


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