Living by Faith

Stephen Paul

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

This is the age of visual aids, TV, videos and multimedia computers. They have made such an impact that without such aids any form of presentation seems ineffective. When I was still in my government job, one of my Hindu colleagues once asked me, “How do Christians worship without any object representing God before them?” Hindus have such a mind-set that they cannot imagine any form of worship without an idol. They admit, however, that idols in themselves are nothing, but they only help them to concentrate on God.

This spirit of visual reality is gripping Christians too. When they see they have enough money, a fine house, a good job and future security they feel they can worship God better who, as it were, is seen behind these things. Gradually the function of faith is being taken away by the visible things though we know visible things are entirely temporary. We must guard against the danger of forming our own idols which negate a life of faith. Because faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1), our life will be futile the moment we start living without faith. May God help us to develop a real faith.

– Stephen Paul


Dear Lord, grant that we may be saved from the danger of idols of our own making.