“for we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor 5.7
I’m returning to the Mid-South Men’s Bible Conference this weekend and it brought to mind an analogy I heard at this conference in 2009. Bobby Welch spoke on faith and it’s a lesson I’ll never forget.
He turned off every light in this massive sanctuary and proceeded to pull out a small penlight. He began walking around in the dark with this tiny light explaining that this is how faith works in our lives.
As a disciple of Christ we are issued a small light & an instruction book. No maps, no flood lights, no night vision goggles.
When God calls us to to follow Him He isn’t interested in how well we see the path before us. Rather, He’s testing our faith to see if we will follow.
The analogy is even more telling when you consider that a penlight only shows a few inches in front of us and the only way to see more is to start walking. That walking increases our faith when we see God working and enabling just as He promised.
Does our light get bigger & more powerful? I don’t think so but we do learn to trust the maker of the path and walk with less hesitation.
Through the Holy Spirit & God’s Word we are given marching orders. I usually respond with all the reasons this is a bad idea (budget, time, inadequacy) and the answer invariably returns…
“I asked you to step out, let me handle the rest.” -God
I have been called to follow & it’s time to grab a penlight and get going.
I found the audio. Please take a listen because I can’t do it justice. An Analogy of Faith by Bobby Welch
Faith is like radar that sees through the fog – the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see. – Corrie Ten Boom
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King Jr.