Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "I Know Whom I Have Believed"1 (Lyrics)
Throughout my many years in ministry, I've recognized that the invisibility of God is a problem for some people. Because He cannot be seen in person, they refuse to accept His existence. They think that if He were to turn up one day and walk among us, then they would have no problem in believing that God is alive. Until that happens, however, they simply will not believe. The problem is that when God did show up and do mighty miracles, even then many did not believe!
Since God is invisible, the best alternative is to see Him at work in the lives of many people, giving them peace, hope, and love. As the apostle John wrote long ago:
1 John 4:12 – No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. (ESV)
This means that if we want to convince someone else that God is alive, then they need to see Him in us. If God's love is perfected in us, then it should be apparent to others in our relationships and through our deeds. If we sincerely care for others, show compassion, and share love to the world, then we will display God's existence. However, if we present to the world disdain, indifference, and dishonesty, then God will never be seen by those around us.
So, perhaps next time when we hear from someone or read in a post that they don't believe in God because He cannot be seen, let's not argue or get into an online debate, Instead, let's try to show God's perfect love through what we say, write, or do, because those will be more effective than trying to score over others with theological or biblical points.
Question: Do I believe that God abides in me? Do others recognize this?
Prayer: Lord God, help us to be open to Your love and grant us opportunities to show Your compassion to those we encounter today. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.