Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. – 1 Peter 1:8
Our faith is a paradox. It loves someone we have never met, it believes in someone we cannot see, and it enjoys this person more than words could ever describe!
Whom having not seen, ye love. Our faith is personal, not just believing for the sake of believing. We do not just love truth, or justice, or peace. We love Christ! Our faith is not a philanthropy; it is not a philosophy; it is not even a religion. It is a relationship.
Yet believing. There are countless obstacles to our faith. Atheists may try to trip us up, tragedy may tempt us to lose heart, and discouragement may threaten to undo our faith from the inside out. But those who have been born again believe in Christ anyway, trust in Christ regardless, and draw near to Christ relentlessly. No matter what the obstacle, true faith yet believes.
With joy unspeakable. Truth can be shared, but faith cannot. I cannot give you my faith. Nor can I really express it. You have to experience Christ to appreciate Christ. You have to know Christ to embrace Christ. And you have to see Christ to enjoy Him and find your satisfaction in Him.
Have you seen Him?