Though not seeing…

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” 1 Peter 1:3-9; Hebrews 11:1

It is God’s gift to us that we cannot see everything, because this is His way of developing our faith. Our new life, our living hope, our sure and perfect inheritance kept in heaven, our full salvation– these are invisible and good gifts God, in His mercy, lavishes on us and guards for us, but does not yet allow us to see fully. We are assured of them because He has told us they are secured by Jesus’s blood. By faith we hope for them because His word is trustworthy. And by faith, though not seeing Jesus, we love Him, believe in Him, and rejoice in glorious joy that one day we will. Blessed be our God for His gift of faith! (Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 3:2)

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Were all His promises immediately fulfilled and visible, we might take them without thought or thanks, and perhaps with a sense of entitlement or having earned them ourselves; our longing would be limited and not bear out the patience and anticipation that fuels our faith. How many earthly inheritances have been squandered by impatient, immature impulses that failed to understand and appreciate the heart of the giver! It is the eager expectation and glad wonder at what is in store that expands our hope and swells our love for the One Who has promised and perseveres. Joy increases when it is fixed on the invisible and builds over time.

Lord, thank You for keeping much unseen, and so testing my faith. Cause it to grow strong, that that my love for You abound, and my faith’s exercise results in Your praise and glory and honor.

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