Week of October 28 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: 2 Corinthians 5:6-7

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.

Reflect: On what basis can we face uncertain times in our world? How can we remain hopeful in times of despair?

Consider: Paul concluded that we are always confident. Paul and his company knew that as long as they and other believers were at home in the body, they were away from the Lord. Short of leaving this life, believers must endure physical separation from God’s presence. But the hardship, pain, and trials they endure will disappear when final salvation comes at Christ’s return.

Paul did not mean that God was absent from the lives of believers. He had just affirmed the Holy Spirit’s presence, and Jesus himself had sent the Spirit so believers would not be orphans (John 14:16–18). Yet, the Spirit’s ministry represents only a small portion of what is ahead. His presence neither removes the trouble of this life nor stops the groaning. Rather, the Holy Spirit joins us in our present groaning (Rom. 8:26).[1]

Respond: Why is “walking by faith” such an important dimension of our experience as believers? Who have you observed recently truly walking by faith? Make it a point to do some research on the Underground Church. Read some of their stories and allow them to encourage you to walk more confidently in your faith in Christ.

[1] Richard L. Pratt Jr, I & II Corinthians, vol. 7, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 354.