by Pastor Mark Jordan
“We live by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7, CEB)
Greetings on this MLK Day…the day we celebrate and remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a pioneer of the Civil Rights movement. I think the word, movement, is appropriate, because it is a work which is truly in motion. Throughout my 45 years, I have experienced it ebb and flow. Days like today call us to pause, remember, and give thanks for the distance we’ve traveled, knowing we have not yet arrived.
Dr. King was far from a perfect man, but he had faith in a perfect God. Dr. King prayed for, and prophesied about, the day when people would be known more by the content of their character than by the color of their skin. People can struggle, since it’s hard to take in that which is beyond what they eyes can see; therefore, we still must strive to live by faith and not just sight. This is precisely why I chose the verse I did for today’s daily water…to remind us to live by faith and not by sight.
Dr. King’s famous quote on faith is one of my all-time favorites; he said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you cannot see the whole staircase.” How true! All too often we feel we need to see the end result before we embark upon a journey. This is not God’s way, however; from scores of Biblical journeys to the Civil Rights movement, to the steps we must take in our daily lives, those who live by faith must take that first step even when the outcome is presently unclear. Why? Because we trust a God who exists outside of our constraints of time and space, and is able to lead us to the promised land.
I pray that this day might be one to help you hone in your faith journey as you seek to live by faith. Don’t make the uncertainty of the destination cause you to lose hope; rather, hope in the One who is already there. This will change the way you live, move, and find your being in the Lord (Acts 17:28).
Dear Lord, may it be so today and forever.
Prayer: “God, help us as individuals and as a world to hear it now before it is too late: “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and God’s justice and all these other things shall be added unto you” (The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).