Unseen Things

May 31, 2013

Unseen Things

            We are naturally attracted to what we see, but that doesn’t mean that unseen things have no value.  In chapter eleven of Hebrews we read of the heroes of faith.  They were people who fixed their eyes on things unseen.  In verses 8-10 we read of Abraham.  “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”  Abraham dwelt in tents in a strange country, but he “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

I like to study and reflect on the pilgrims who endured numerous days of hazards and hardships  in a ship as they crossed the sea.  Their eyes were fixed on the promised land called “America.” They had never seen the waves washing up on the shore.  They had never seen its tall trees and fertile valleys, but they believed it existed and anticipated the joy of making their home there.

Life can be depressing for us if we have no hope in the future.  Having faith in unseen things is not just a pious platitude.  Countless people have taken their own life because they didn’t have faith in the future.  Countless people spend weeks and months in depression because they have no faith in future things.

We aren’t talking about pie in the sky by and by.  We are talking about the promises of God that are yea and amen (II Corinthians 1:20).  We constantly enjoy things that can’t be seen.  Love is an example.  Just because it can’t be seen doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.  Faith is an important ingredient of Christian living.  Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

If you are a child of God, your Heavenly Father has some exciting things waiting for you.  “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (I Corinthians 2:9). I Corinthians 4:5 speaks of the “hidden things of darkness” that God will bring to light.  We can’t imagine the magnitude, the beauty, or the satisfaction of the unseen things God has for us.  II Corinthians 4:18 makes a contrast between the “things which are seen” and “things which are not seen.” Things that are seen are temporal, but unseen things are eternal.  The previous verse speaks of our affliction which is light and for a moment.  Yes, we have afflictions in this life, but what are they in comparison to the more exceeding and eternal weight of glory that God has in store for us?

God’s Word is one of the few things we now have that we shall also have throughout eternity.  I Peter 1:24-25 speaks of that.  “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:  But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” No doubt, in eternity, God’s Word will be greatly amplified because we shall see him as he is.  In heaven we will be made aware of the things in God’s Word that we misunderstood or overlooked.

Revelation 21:4-7 gives us a glimpse of unseen things that shall be ours in heaven.  “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.    He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” It’s exciting to theorize about the capacity our resurrected body will have.  God says in Psalm 139:14 that our present body is “fearfully and wonderfully made.”  God can still make it better.   You aint seen nothing yet. I know that’s not good English, but it is understood.  In Revelation 21:5 the Apostle John says, “He that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new.”

If you are an unbeliever you are without hope.  You have nothing to look forward to. A place called hell will be your final destiny.   “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:    But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:12-13).  Many people, on their death bed, have what is called “a death bed conversion.” I hope you won’t wait until that moment to turn to God.  Jesus said in John 10:10-11, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.    I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” Those who have that abundant life wouldn’t trade it for anything.  If you had it, you would feel the same way.  You too can have it by humbling yourself, repenting of your sin, and praying for forgiveness. Then you will receive that new life that Jesus made possible for us by his sacrifice on the cross.  Why don’t you do it now?

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