Not by Sight

Author: A. W. Smith — Host: Dylan KraayenbrinkPosted on: January 6, 2024

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Not by Sight

READ: JOHN 10:11, 27-30; HEBREWS 11:1-6; 1 PETER 1:8-13

Did you know kittens are born blind? They have to rely on their mother to care for them since they can’t do anything on their own, but how do they know she’ll be there for them if they can’t see her? They use their other senses. Specifically, kittens rely on their sense of smell to let them know their mother is near.

As Christians, we live in a similar way. Like helpless newborn kittens, we rely on God to take care of us and be with us through everything we face. Even though we can’t see God, we know He’s there. In a way, we know this because of our other senses. Specifically, we can hear God because He speaks to us through His Word, the Bible (Romans 10:17). All throughout His Word, He tells us how much He loves us and He promises to be with us no matter what.

Ultimately, the Bible is the story of God’s love for us, and the climax is when He reveals Himself in Jesus. He came and lived among us, fully God and fully human. He died for us and then rose again to beat sin and death. And He is returning one day to make all things new.

As we wait for that glorious day when we will finally see Jesus face-to-face, we can rest knowing that we are held by God, even though we can’t see Him. Once we’ve put our trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit reminds us of His promises and helps us rest in His love (John 14:26). Through the Holy Spirit, we can have faith in God, even when we can’t see Him. Just like kittens know their mother is with them, even though they can’t see her yet. • A. W. Smith

• Consider taking a moment to read Matthew 28:20 and Romans 8:33-39. How could the promises in these passages remind us of God’s love and presence when we go through difficult things? Do you have any favorite Bible passages that have helped you in tough times?

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)