“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)
The late theologian R.C. Sproul was once asked what separated the God of Christianity from the gods of other religions. Sproul’s simple, yet profound answer was, “The God of Christianity actually exists.” While other religions might reject this statement as false and overly simplistic; it is what sets Christian belief apart from other faith systems. Many forms of paganistic religions point to a physical object of some kind as their “god.” Even the Israelites of the Old Testament sought an object to worship. And this they did after seeing God perform numerous miracles in delivering them from Egyptian bondage.
There is a famous expression that says, “Seeing is believing.” But genuine faith involves believing in something you can’t see. At least not with physical eyes. God is probably not going to walk into your living room and sit on your couch today. But His existence is more real than the couch itself. Physical items are created, exist for a time, then are destroyed. But God is eternal. He has always been and always will be. And though you don’t physically see Him, the evidence for His existence is all around you.
Have you ever wondered how the earth spins at a constant rate for centuries? How there is such consistency in our days and months and seasons? How our planet can be the perfect distance from the sun, while sitting suspended in space? How do we not draw closer to the sun and burn up? Or drift further into space and freeze? Scientists might describe this with fancy formulas and explanations of gravity. But why should we expect gravitational pull to be consistent, unless there is an all-powerful Creator and Sustainer behind it all?
Though you can’t see God, He is everywhere. Indeed, He is all around you. The Bible teaches that God not only provides for our physical needs, but also our spiritual ones. Though we are all sinners by nature who have rebelled against our creator; God has been gracious to us by sending His son Jesus Christ. Jesus came and lived a perfect life and then died on the cross to sacrificially pay the eternal price for all who trust in Him. Have you turned from your sin in repentance and committed your life to Christ by faith?
While you don’t physically see God today, one day you will. We will all appear before the Lord in judgment and we will all either spend eternity in His glorious presence or experience His righteous wrath. Today, while you can’t see God you should prepare for the day in which you will. He is all around you. Turn to Him today.