Not Seeing Is Believing

“whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,”

1 Peter 1:8

If there is something we need more of these days it’s visionaries, men and women and young people alike who can see beyond the obvious and see what could be. In short what the world needs now more than ever are people of faith. Why is faith needed so desperately in these days we live? The writer of Hebrews puts it like this, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

People of faith are people of hope but not the kind of hope the unbelieving world has where you don’t really believe what you are hoping for will actually happen. The hope the Bible speaks of is a hope that enables the believer to live and act just as if what was hoped for was already realized. That’s exactly the point Peter was making in 1 Peter 1:8 where it speaks of not having seen Jesus yet you love Him because you believe and because you believe you rejoice now even before seeing Him face to face in glory one day with joy so deep its inexpressible.

People of faith inspire us to great things because they are not moved by current events but are resting fully on the faithfulness of God to do all that He has promised in His Word that He would do. God does extraordinary things through ordinary people who dare to trust Him, who are willing like Peter and get out of the boat and walk on water when the Lord bids them to come. Build yourself up in your faith today knowing faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

Open up your bible today and read a chapter like Hebrews 11 which is known as the “hall of faith” and lists men and women who though, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:13-16).

For those living in the world without God it’s, “seeing is believing” but for those who know and love God, “believing is seeing” and what we see is literally out of this world one day!

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Revelation 21:1-2


Michael Osthimer





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