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Verse 7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

I can think of several analogies that this verse brings to mind, such as the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when Indy has to make the “leap of faith” across a large chasm to save his father. I think of an old, dear friend of my wife and mine, who, although physically blind, can see better through her walk of faith than you and me. How about the scene from The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke fails to lift his massive X-wing fighter out of the swamp using the Force, sees Yoda do it when he failed, and says to him, “I don’t believe it”…and Yoda replies, “That is why you failed.”

But today, I think this is a good verse to claim when confronted by the world-wide pandemic we’re living in. Experts come on TV daily with predictions and charts over where hotspots will wane or where “the curve flattens out”. Governors talk about when it will be safe to resume certain activities and not others, all hoping to restart their economies without risking a resurgent outbreak of the coronavirus infections. Just like some things in our lives, we can’t see what the future holds with great certainty.

But I know Who holds the future, and it is faith in Jesus Christ to bring us through. We’ll get through this…through Him.

Something to think about.

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Verse 16: “Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.”
Verse 19: “Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed should come to whom the promise had been made.”

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy is attempting to pass through the 3 tests to find the Holy Grail, needing it to save his father (who is dying). Using his father’s Grail diary, he figures out 2 of the tests and arrives at the last one: an impassible chasm. The diary shows a traveler walking across to the other side. “Impossible.” Indy thinks, “nobody could jump this.” Indy realizes that the physical laws, such as gravity, state there’s no way to clear such a span. Hearing his friends urge him on because his father is dying, Indy concludes “it’s a leap of faith”; at the same time, his father mutters, “you must believe, boy, you must believe.” Putting his trust in the faith that there is a way across, Indy takes a deep breath and steps out into nothing, only to land…onto a rock bridge! By taking that faithful step, Indy discovers that there IS a bridge across the chasm…so perfectly camouflaged against the rock and cliffs that the naked eye couldn’t see it.

Paul explains that there was a purpose to the law: to describe the perfect standard and to show how we fall short of it, to dictate the punishments for not living up to it. (Holman Concordance on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, page 38) But the law didn’t save; the law was only temporary. Only when the promise came in the form of Jesus Christ was there a way to clear the span that separated us from our Heavenly Father…the chasm that we couldn’t cross through the law. It’s a leap of faith…faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Something to think about.

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verse 15: “The naive believes everything, But the prudent man considers his steps.”

A memorable scene from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was the one in which Indy was braving the corridor to the Holy Grail. The corridor has 3 tests or traps, according to his father’s notes. His father, dying from a gunshot wound at the entrance of the corridor, is recalling his notes, just as Indy is thinking through them. The second test, the name of God, brings Indy to a section of floor with letters carved in them. Indy reasons he must step on the letters in the proper order to safely cross; the name of God being Jehovah, he steps confidently on the “J”…and almost tumbles into a chasm underneath the crumbling letter. He realizes (as his father is reciting this knowledge to himself), that in Latin, Jehovah is spelled with an “I”. Thankfully, Indy remembers too, steps on the “I” and the following letters, and safely crosses.

My Ryrie Bible has a footnote on this, ironically stating that “the prudent man looks before he leaps”. (and for those who watched the movie, I could draw an analogy to the third test Indy faced, as well). We go through life, it seems, believing everything we hear or read. Naively, we go on that knowledge alone, and sometimes it costs us dearly. The prudent man “considers his steps”…he takes the time to check out information or verify the knowledge. We have a tested source of knowledge that we can tap every day…it’s God Word, that He has provided for our guidance throughout life’s steps. We also have the Source of that Book, the Author Himself, to consult in prayer. His Name is Jehovah, Yahweh, the great I AM. He is the Lord God Almighty. Why not consider talking to Him today…before you take that next step?

Have a blessed day!

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