Triumphs of Faith. Daily Devotional by D.L. Moody
Now, how are we to get the victory over all our enemies? We live by faith. I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
We get this life by faith, and become linked to Immanuel – God with us. If I have God for me, I am going to overcome. How do we gain this mighty power? By faith.
Because of their unbelief they were broken off, but thou by faith art standing (Romans 11:20a). The Jews were cut off on account of their unbelief. We were grafted in on account of our belief. We live by faith, and we stand by faith.
Next, we walk by faith. For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). The most immature Christians I know are those who want to walk by sight. They want to see how a thing is going to come out. That isn’t walking by faith at all. That’s walking by sight.
I think the people whose lives best represent this difference are Joseph and Jacob. Jacob was a man who walked with God by sight.
You remember his vow at Bethel: If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go and will give me bread to eat and clothing to put on so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then shall the LORD be my God (Genesis 28:20-21).
Remember how his heart revived when he saw the wagons Joseph sent him from Egypt? He sought after signs. He never could have gone through the temptations and trials that his son Joseph did.
Joseph represents a more mature Christian. He could walk in the dark. He survived thirteen years of misfortune, in spite of his dreams, and then credited it all to the goodness and providence of God.