Loving the unseen
Posted: Tuesday, November 22
1 Peter 1:1-12
Verse of the day:
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8-9
Can you trust what you don't see? Of course! What kind of question is that? Our lives depend on what we cannot see — things like gravity and the air we breathe, just to name two. Faith in Jesus is as natural as faith in each of those things. The problem is that our hearts are skeptical. We find it hard to believe that anyone divine would love us so much. Our experience says, "If it seems too good to be true, it is." Or, our earthly relationships disappoint us so much that so we transfer that disappointing relationship, (unfairly), to God. That skepticism is not the response God longs to see from us, rather, we are to, “Rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy”. I don't know about you, but I've tasted both doubt and true faith—I prefer joy over skepticism!
What joy fills your heart when you anticipate what it will be like to be in God’s presence — to have Him wipe each tear from your eyes and to have Him introduce you again to those you love and to those you’ve only known by reputation. May we never outlive that sense of anticipation and never let that hope dim in our hearts, no matter what else may happen in our lives here—there are so many ways we see Jesus through the eyes of faith. So let’s continue to place our faith and trust in Him as we elevate our gaze upward toward Heaven.