Seeing the Invisible
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.”1
In A Slice of Infinity Betsy Childs writes, “Are you sitting down? If so, you may be under the impression that you are also sitting still, but the fact is that you are in rapid motion. I'm referring to the earth's rotation; in the course of a day, our planet rotates at the brisk rate of 1000 miles per hour at the equator. Then there's the earth's orbital rate of rotation; we have to travel roughly 67,000 miles an hour to make it all the way around the sun in a year. Are you feeling any motion sickness yet?
“I could hardly be more stationary than I am right now as I sit here before my computer. But in spite of the fact that I don't feel like I'm moving, I know that I am. I see the effects every day in the sun's rising and setting.”2
I’ve never seen electricity but I know it exists because of its numerous effects seen every day in lighting, heating, cooling, running all sorts of equipment—and in “ten thousand” other uses.
I don’t know any educated person who doesn’t believe in the rotation of the earth or in electricity even though we can’t see either of these—or a thousand other things that affect our daily life that we can’t see with the naked eye. But many say they don’t believe in God because they haven’t seen him or they cannot feel his presence.
However, if we want to believe in God, we will see evidence of his existence everywhere we look. As God’s Word says, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” And as Helen Keller said, “There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.”
Basically, we all pretty much see what we want to see, hear what we want to hear, remember what we want to remember, and believe in what we want to believe in. To believe or not to believe in God is perhaps more often than not a moral choice. If we choose to believe in God, we know we are morally responsible. If we choose not to believe in God, we delude ourselves into thinking we can live as we please without any consequences.
However, our disbelief in God doesn’t alter His reality any more than refusing to believe in electricity and grabbing hold of a high-voltage electric wire. The end result of both of these is death—one immediate physical death, the other spiritual death which, at the end of this life, is eternal separation from God, the author of all love and life. We are all given a choice about God either to believe or not to believe. And as Joshua said to the ancient Israelites long ago, “Choose you this day whom you will serve.”3
Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please open the eyes of my understanding so that I will see the reality of Your existence and genuinely choose to believe in and serve You. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’s name, amen.”
1. Psalm 19:1-3 (NIV).
2. A Slice of Infinity, “The Invisible Pull” by Betsy Childs. © 2006 Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. All Rights Reserved. http://www.rzim.org/index.php
3. Joshua 24:15.