1 Peter 1:8 (NIV): Though 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 joyI have experienced being is a cave completely void of all light. My eyes were wide open, yet I could not see anything. It was unnerving.
My sight is precious to me. I am amazed at seeing God’s creation. I view my wife’s face and I break out in a great big smile. The same thing happens with my children and grandchildren.
When I reflect on my sight, I also ponder those who don’t have their sight. They are special people. I can’t imagine the challenges of being sightless.
Yet, the above verse commends me for not seeing. I have never beheld Jesus in the flesh. My relationship with Him is based completely on faith. I know Him through His word and through His Holy Spirit communing with me and reinforcing my faith.
The above verse is true. I have not seen Him, yet I love Him. I believe in Him. Because I have come to know Him through faith, I know that He loves me and has forgiven my sins. I am filled with “an inexpressible and glorious joy.”
The vast majority of Jesus followers are just like me. We believe even though we have not seen. But I am really looking forward to when I do see Him. In the words of a Christian song, I can only imagine what it will be like. And I know that the future reality will be beyond anything I can imagine.
Prayer: Most Holy God, I am in awe of You. You have given me faith to believe without actually seeing. What a gift You have given me. I am overwhelmed with joy.