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Not seeing is believing

You love him, although you have not seen him, and you believe in him, although you do not now see him. So you rejoice with a great and glorious joy which words cannot express, because you are receiving the salvation of your souls, which is the purpose of your faith in him.

1 Peter 1 : 8 - 9 (GNB)

Believing in something tangible is easy. All we need to do is observe it through one of our senses. There is no questioning that something we can touch, see, hear, smell or taste is really there.

You will probably struggle to find someone who would deny that a brick exists if it was dropped on their foot or that rain exists if caught outside in a passing shower.

However when things are less obvious and do not trigger our usual senses we find it harder to believe that they exist. For example if you are reading this on a computer, the keys on the keyboard you have been pounding are almost certainly home to countless millions (maybe even billions) of tiny organisms so small that they cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Although we know they are there, it is easy for us to forget about them just because our senses are not able to detect them. Then because we cannot sense them it is easy for us to forget about them or convince ourselves that they don't exist. For example you might think "my keyboard is very clean so can’t possibly be home to millions of tiny germs".

Believing in something we cannot prove, something outside of our ordinary senses is what faith is. As we see in our passage as Christians we should be loving our God who we cannot see, worshipping him because he is indescribable and joyful because his compassion and forgiveness is unsurpassed.

This week remember just because our senses are not able to recognise the awesomeness that is God does not mean that he is not there. Have a great week.

This week's song is It is well with my soul by Matt Redman.

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