“For we live by faith, not by sight.” — 2 Corinthians 5:7
Our eyes show us blue skies, green grass, brown squirrels and a yellow sun. Our ears bring melodies of birds singing and motors running as cars drive by us. We smell flowers and trees. Then, we touch the keys in our pockets when we open doors to go in our homes. We are programmed at an early age for all kinds of activities in this physical world.
Yet, beyond the world of sights and sounds, an invisible God exists, as well as good angels, the devil, demons and countless spiritual battles. In the Bible, the spiritual world jumps out in the open and lets us know that God is real. Therefore, the apostles challenge us to be mindful of the spiritual sphere and live with God on our minds. “For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
After Jesus appeared in a visible form to Saul on the Damascus Road, he never doubted the existence of the invisible God again. Saul, who was also called Paul, kept reminding everyone about the spiritual world because eternal life comes from God. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:15-17).
During difficult and challenging times, we need to focus on the world we cannot see. When a young man felt overwhelmed by all the enemies he saw in front of him, the prophet Elisha prayed for God to show him all the invisible angels ready to help as soon as God gave the command: “And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:17).
God and His invisible angles stand at the ready to help you too.
— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia
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