Pastor Freed started of his week with this post to his blog, Jack’s Winning Words – “Just because I can’t see it doesn’t mean I can’t believe it.” (Jack Skellington)
He went on to write about things that we see can’t see, but in which we still believe. Of course, in that category he included God.
Humans tend to rely quite a bit on their senses of sight, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching as a basis of believing that something is real. Things that we can see like the wind, we can still sense as it touches our faces or hear as it rustles through the trees or howls outside the house. Most of the time we will not have to see the skunk to know and believe that it is there (or has been). We also have a range of emotional “senses” that tell us when we are sad, happy, frightened or maybe in love.
Then, there is our “faith” sense – the feeling of peace, calm and assurance that comes over us when we sense our faith in action and the presence of God in our lives. People often express those feelings when they have felt the hand of God in their life, many cases in times of great sorrow or danger, but also in times of great joy.
There is that sense of relief in “knowing” that you are not alone and a warm feeling of safety and security may wash over you. You can’t “see” God, but you know that He is there. You feel His hand on your shoulder just as sure as if He was standing next to you and you “hear” his words – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
So trust your “faith sense” as you go through your day as we have been told – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews/11/1)
Do you have conviction in your faith, even though you cannot see it? Can you feel it working in your life? Can you see it guiding you through the day?