Devotion – October 3, 2015 – Faith in the Unseen

1peter1_8-9Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
—1 Peter 1:8-9

The world around us shows us what it wants us to believe.  We see the wealthy live in luxury.  We see the politically powerful remain unpunished for crimes they commit.  TV takes it to a complete different level where they can show us anything they want and make just about anything seem appealing with no negative consequences.  With all this visible to us, where should we put our faith?

Against everything we see, we put our faith in the unseen.

  • We believe in God the Father, that He created all things visible, though He, Himself, is not visible.
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit.  While we may see sense His work, we cannot see Him.
  • Even Jesus, “the [visible] image of the invisible God,” (Colossians 1:15) we cannot see today.  Yet we believe in Him.

We believe that God works for the good of those who love Him even when we suffer.  We believe that we have eternal life even when we can only see sickness and death.  But this is the hope we have in Christ.

So, don’t believe what the world shows you.  Hold on to the faith you have which brings us inexpressible and glorious joy.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. (John 20:29)  For you, through faith in Christ, are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your soul.

Heavenly Father,

Help us to trust in You even when we can’t see You.  Give us faith to believe in what we cannot see, knowing that Your promises are true and what the world shows us is not.

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