…whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9
Scripture reading: Hebrews 11
How can you love and believe in someone you do not see? In fact, Peter tells us that we have not seen Jesus, not in the past or even now in our present day. Yet, for the Christian, He is the most important Person in your life! The reality is we have seen Him and because we have seen Him, we love Him and believe in Him. This is because we see Jesus with the eyes of faith. Our love for Jesus is based on the certainty that He loved us and came into this world for us in order to restore us to God and take away our guilt and shame.
We do not need to see Jesus with our physical eyes to know that He is real. We have an assurance and conviction of faith just like those many witnesses that lived before us who are highlighted in Hebrews 11. We love Him and come believing because, by the regenerating power of His Spirit, our hearts are so moved to come to Him and give ourselves to Him by faith. We recognize the depth of our sin and greatness of His mercy whereby He forgives our trespasses and grants us salvation freely by His grace. Because of Jesus in our lives, we can certainly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory. Do you love and believe in Him with the eyes of faith? If you do, you can rejoice and be filled with His joy!
Suggestions for prayer
Pray the Lord helps you to look to Jesus with the eyes of faith even if your present circumstances make it difficult to see Him. Ask the Lord to grant you joy in Christ knowing that by faith you belong to Him and nothing can separate you from His love.
This daily devotional is available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional. Rev. Michael Jaatinen is the minister of Mount Zion Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moncton, NB.