“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7, NKJV)
“It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. 8 Do you suppose a few ruts in the road or rocks in the path are going to stop us?” (2 Corinthians 5:7-8, THE MESSAGE)
As I was studying for my sermon for this coming Sunday, I was reminded of the passage above. I’ve known this verse for years but never really studied it. As I began to break down the words and phrases in the original translation some things stood out to me.
The phrase “we walk” is made up of two different words in the Greek. That phrase, in its original language, means: “to trample, tread, walk at large.” Now, if you hear the phrase that “someone is walking,” or the phrase, “someone is trampling,” those two phrases mean two different things to me.
Someone trampling, or walking at large, brings an idea of authority with it. Walking by faith doesn’t mean we drag our feet with our heads down. It means we trample, we tread, we walk at large, we walk with authority because we believe what God says about us and our circumstances. You can’t drag your feet and hang your head low and say you’re walking by faith.
Ephesians 6:15 says: “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. (NLT)” When Paul wrote about the shoes of peace in Ephesians, he patterned them after the shoes of a Roman Soldier. A Roman Soldiers shoes had three-inch spikes on the bottom so that they would dig into the ground and he couldn’t be moved. Peace comes from the Good News, God’s promises, and it plants you firmly so that you can’t be moved. Your shoes of peace aren’t an ordinary pair of shoes, they are shoes with three-inch spikes. That brings a whole new meaning to the devil being under your feet!
As you walk by faith, with peace, you are trampling the enemy with some dangerous shoes. You walk by faith, you walk with authority, you trample the ground beneath you. The next time this verse comes to mind, think of it that way. Lift your head up, throw your shoulders back and walk by faith, with authority!