"for we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV
What do we see when we look around today? If you read the news outlets, they are filled with stories of natural disasters, updates to pandemic statistics, and political bickering. It may be that unforeseen medical bill or that unexpected email from work about the next budget-cutting measure in our own lives. We can view God's beauty in the world by taking time to notice, but mainly what we see daily is distressing news. It is hard to ignore, and we can easily allow it to impact our spiritual walk. Satan loves to throw things in front of our paths, hoping we will stumble.
On the other hand, we have hope in what we can't see. In faith, we actively choose to look beyond the seen to the unseen. In our faith, we believe in a God that created the world and all its beauty. A God who comforts us in our times of anxiety holds us in his compassionate arms, provides strength when we are weak, and showers us with his love. We can't see God, but we can feel the Holy Spirit move within us. Every breath we take is God moving in and through us. A fortunate few saw and walked with Jesus, but after he ascended, what kept them going was their faith, the same kind of faith we have today. In faith, we walk not by what is seen, but by what is unseen.
Gracious and merciful God, we give you thanks for the clarity that comes in faith.
We confess we are so often tempted by the distractions of the things we can see. Please help us as we listen to the Spirit for clarity and learn to rely on the unseen and the spiritual, not worldly sight. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.