“Though you have not seen him, you love him;
and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him
and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”
1 Peter 1:8(NIV)
“Though you have not seen him. . .” We might not see Jesus every day. It may be that we don’t see Him as we see one another. We don’t know when we will envision Him. But there will be times when we DO see Him.
“. . . you love him. . . ” We do love Him because he forgave us our sins. If we kept every sin we committed and let them come to mind each day, we would be very miserable people, unable to think about anything else or act on any project.
“. . . even though you do not see him now. . . ” We might not visibly see Jesus. We may feel His presence. There is an old adage-“Seeing is believing.” In the realm of God’s world, I hold to the concept that “Believing is seeing.”
“. . . you believe in him. . . ” Peter wrote this epistle to God’s chosen people who had been scattered throughout most of the known world at that time, people who were chosen according to God’s will.
“. . . are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” When we see Jesus in the deeds and actions of others we cannot describe the way we feel. All we can do is praise the Lord for His goodness to us.
Dear Lord God:
We praise You for who You are, our Savior, our Redeemer, Our Lord. We rejoice in what You do for us, Your children. We thank You for Your presence in our lives. In the name of Jesus, I pray. AMEN