Although you’ve never seen him, you love him. Even though you don’t see him now, you trust him and so rejoice with a glorious joy that is too much for words. You are receiving the goal of your faith: your salvation. The prophets, who long ago foretold the grace that you’ve received, searched and explored, inquiring carefully about this salvation. They wondered what the Spirit of Christ within them was saying when he bore witness beforehand about the suffering that would happen to Christ and the glory that would follow. They wondered what sort of person or what sort of time they were speaking about. It was revealed to them that in their search they were not serving themselves but you. These things, which even angels long to examine, have now been proclaimed to you by those who brought you the good news. They did this in the power of the Holy Spirit, who was sent from heaven. (1 Peter 1:8b-12, CEB)
I’ve never seen Jesus but I love him.
I don’t see Jesus now but I trust him.
I’ve never seen God (ok that really isn’t true, I see God in the face of every person I come in contact with, but I think you get what I mean by that statement) but I still love God.
I don’t see God now (see the above parenthetical) but I still trust God.
This reading flies in the face of yesterday’s, where they wanted signs to know the promises were real. The author of 1 Peter says that faith is our way and we have received the goal of faith, our salvation. We trust, believe, and have faith the promises are true even though we have not seen and still do not see.
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the trust that God is good for God’s promises.
Believe it. Trust it.
Loving People. Loving God.