Faith in What is Unseen
January 16, 2024
Do you remember as a little child how you once believed in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and or the Tooth Fairy. For the longest time I could not figure out how the Tooth Fairy was able to exchange my wrapped tooth that was under my pillow as I slept upon into a quarter.
As we grow older, we begin to believe only in what can be physically or scientifically or medically proved or with our senses. So, our childhood beliefs in what cannot be seen dissipate.
But the faith of little children is what Jesus said we need to have to enter the kingdom of heaven because it is a wholehearted faith that does not doubt but is innocent and just believes.
Solomon said there is something God has instilled in everyone that cannot be seen by our flesh, but he has set it in everyone’s heart.
Ecclesiastes 3: 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Because God has placed eternity in everyone’s heart people who did not seek to know God began to invent their many gods that would give them what their flesh desires now and after they die. They began to make idols of their gods so that they could worship them and made sacrifices and did rituals they believed would please their gods so they would answer their prayers.
Paul explains who will find God that placed eternity in their heart.
Acts 17: 24 "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
Paul said the God of eternity is not manmade nor does he live in manmade temples. God is the creator of everything and everything belongs to him and man only exist because of him and God has set exact time and place for everyone where and when they will be born for the purpose that they would seek God and those who do seek and reach out to him they will find the true God who is never far from anyone.
David tells us who God is looking for in those who reach to him and he will set them apart for himself and will hear them.
Psalms 4: 3 Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.
The godly are those who are faithful to God those who seek God with all their heart and will find him.
Jeremiah 29: 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
God is Spirit, it takes faith to believe in our invisible eternal God
2 Corinthians 4: 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Jesus said blessed are those who have faith in him but have not seen him.
John 20: 29 Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
Faith that is true to God is not one that needs physical or scientific or medical proof to prove he is real. It is with a childlike faith that believes in our invisible loving Father and his Son that lovingly and faithfully seeks him and obey him. They will come and make their home with you and be with you forever.
Jesus teaches what faith in him is like in Luke 9.
Luke 9: 57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58 Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
Faith that follows Jesus believes that his kingdom will not be a home on this earth where you will live in comfort it is faith that believes that your home will be in heaven where you will rest in God’s love forever.
Luke 9: 59 He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." 60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Faith that follows Jesus is not burying your loved ones that believe in him like those who are dead in their faith in him bury their dead. You bury those who love him the way they proclaimed the kingdom of God when they were living. That is why you must make sure that those who bury you know that you proclaimed the kingdom of God in your life so they can acknowledge you did as their testimony.
Luke 9: 61 Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family." 62 Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
Faith that follows Jesus, does not love their family more than him. It is faith that loves Jesus first as his obedient servant. When Jesus is not your first love you cannot truly follow him as your Lord and be his light for him and know how to love your family.
Jesus warns us that our faith in him cannot be half hearted and incomplete or it will be dead to him.
Revelations 3: 1 "To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
Our faith must always be one that seeks God’s kingdom first by loving his Son first and living in the hope of eternal life with all your heart, mind, soul and strength with a childlike faith.
Be safe in Jesus, your brother in Christ, Glenn.