The Bible, particularly the New Testament, emphasizes the importance of walking by faith. In the book of Hebrews, the author writes, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). This verse suggests that faith is a belief in things that cannot be seen or proven, but are hoped for nonetheless.
One example of walking by faith in the Bible can be found in the story of Abraham in the book of Genesis. God calls Abraham to leave his home and go to a land that God will show him, promising to make him the father of a great nation. Abraham, without knowing where he is going, trusts in God’s promise and sets out on his journey. This act of faith is considered righteous by God, and Abraham is credited with righteousness (Genesis 15:6).
Another example can be found in the book of Matthew, where Jesus tells his disciples that if they have faith the size of a mustard seed, they can say to a mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Jesus is emphasizing the power of faith, even in small amounts, to accomplish great things.
Additionally, in the book of James, the author writes “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6). This verse suggests that when we pray, we should have unwavering faith that God will answer our prayers.
Moreover, in the book of Romans, Paul talked about the importance of living according to the spirit and not according to the flesh. He explained how the way of faith, is the evidence of the things unseen by the natural man, the evidence of the spirit which cannot be perceived by our natural senses, but is perceived by faith. He explains that the righteousness that is through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 1:17).
Walking by faith requires trusting in God’s promises and relying on Him, even when things may not make sense or seem difficult. It requires having a belief in something that cannot be seen, and acting on that belief. The examples from the Bible show us how individuals like Abraham, the disciples, and even Jesus himself, walked by faith and trusted in God’s promises, and how it is through faith, not through works, that we are justified.