So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:6
As we drove across New Mexico during the last couple of days, I saw a billboard campaign on the highways focusing on the need to meet the needs of people with mental health problems of depression and anxiety and the risk of suicide.
Certainly, we are living in a time of increased anxiety on many fronts. World leaders are speaking about the possibility of war, there is unrest in the business world and there is the problem of inflation. All of these are factors that can affect our mental health.
Instead, Paul reminds his readers that followers of Christ “walk by faith, not by sight.” For any of us who believe in life after death, belief in the supernatural is essential because while we have this inner feeling that life is more – it is much more than natural. Paul illustrated the idea through a tent in order to describe our current condition –
“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”2 Corinthians 5:1
Hopelessness shouldn’t mark the life of someone who is following after Christ, even when things look pretty dark because we do believe in something eternal.