Seeing the Unseen
Updated: Aug 8, 2020
Always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you, to give an account for the hope that is in you… (1 Peter 3:15).
Many agnostics and atheists say they don’t believe in things they can’t see. In reality, this is quite an amusing argument, because something as simple as WiFi or radio is a thing we can’t see, taste, touch, smell, or even hear without a special device! We hear the evidence of the radio medium, but cannot hear radio in its natural form.
Paul says in Romans 1:20: For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
Let’s get practical: How many people have actually seen the COVID-19 virus? I’m not talking about the photo on TV or the internet, I mean with their own eyes? Very, very few. And yet many live in great fear and the world has been turned upside-down over a microscopic virus that we cannot see, touch, smell, hear, or taste. We believe it exists because we believe the evidence presented to us. Humanity has altered its daily lives to nearly unimaginable degrees to protect itself from the unseen. This is faith.
This presents a fascinating and unique opportunity for believers to speak to the lost about the underlying concept of faith. We ALL have faith in something, and right now most of the world has a very devout faith that COVID is real, even though they possess no personal means to verify its existence and must rely solely on evidence presented by the media.
Yet God, in His infinite wisdom, has provided us a way to see Him through what He made. We can look at a flower and see an amazing piece of intricate, delicate artwork. We can see the signature of God in our unique fingerprints. We can see the beauty and complexity of design in our human bodies. We can look up to the heavens and see His majesty and power in the mind-boggling order and magnitude of the universe. The list goes on and on; the evidence for a Creator is overwhelming and can be clearly perceived by even a young child.
When Thomas doubted that Jesus had been resurrected (John 20:24-29), Jesus gave him the opportunity to touch and see His wounds, then stated, “Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” (v.29b). Christians are richly blessed with the God-given gift of faith in the unseen, yet provided with plenty of evidence in creation. The proof of a Creator is everywhere but requires a humble faith to see it.
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
When the Spirit presents an opportunity for you to defend and share your faith, take it! Be bold, yet gentle and reverent, as Peter instructs, and pray that you’d be given the right words to speak truth into the heart of a lost soul. Perhaps you’ll be the honored person, at the right time and place, to lead someone to a faith in Christ and an eternity with Him in paradise.