Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 1st Peter 1:8 NIV
Early one morning, in a part of the country where elephant and lion roamed, some children wandered up a giant granite hill to explore. The oldest of them were doing their best to look after the little ones and help them over difficult spots on their climb. Then, it was time to head back for breakfast. However, their way down was blocked by steep cliffs. Suddenly, a fierce growling came from a cave they had just looked into. They were trapped on the hill. They needed to pass by where the angry wild beast was to find a suitable place to climb down the steep slopes. “Leopard,” they shouted! They all knew well, the familiar yet spine-chilling cough! They could not see it, but at any moment they expected to be attacked. The swift and deadly cat was sure to protect its lair from intrusion. How real to us is the One we cannot see?
Steam from the creature´s breath billowed out of the dark hole in the cool morning air. While the children crept by in panic and then ran back to safety. Father only laughed and told them that rock-rabbits make that same noise when they fight over territory. We, on the other hand, do not need to be afraid. The One we have not seen is the One we can love. We can love and believe in Jesus even though all we do is hear Him calling to us and teaching us from the depths of our hearts. Shall we pray to experience the joy of loving Him even though we cannot see Him face to face quite yet?
Fill us with inexpressible and glorious joy as our love for You grows. Move deep in our hearts and thrill us as we experience You, and learn more and more of You each day, we pray!