Thursday, June 16, 2016

INVISIBLE? So What!

                                                                                                                                              
I’ve been thinking about how it is hard for me to comprehend being called A FRIEND OF GOD!   I exclaimed recently to a new friend..’CAN you IMAGINE?! We are meant to be known by HIM and to reciprocate that relationship?’ FRIEND!! WOW!  Afterall, Jesus DID say in               JOHN 15:15, ‘ I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I  have made known to you.’ That’s a lot to contemplate, but it is wonderful!!
Now, my thinking has ventured into the area of our title topic today..                                                 IS GOD REALLY INVISIBLE?
I read this morning of a blind girl whose mother was brought home from military training to make a surprise visit to her daughter (all caught on video..pre-planned).            The fact of the girl’s blindness causing her mom to be unseen,                                           DID NOT ALTER THE FACT OF THE MOM’S PRESENCE!
Looking at life around us today, you and I can’t see electricity or the Internet, but that fact makes them no less real.  Also, it has always been true how we cannot visibly see wind, but we certainly know it exists.  Those who may insist that SEEING IS BELIEVING, would be hard-pressed to explain any of these 3 realities. In contrast, for those of us who have chosen to trust                         in THE LORD, though seemingly ‘invisible,’ BELIEVING IS SEEING!                                                                                                                                                                 
But here's the truth: When God is ‘invisible,’ He’s really not not there!! You may not see Him in the room, but that fact makes Him no less present! HOORAY! (I really like to say that!)       
I could convey instance after instance of evidence of HIM in my personal life over the past 48 years but will share from the Word of God instead..

When Syrian armies surrounded Elisha, the prophet assured his servant, "Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them" (2 Kings 6:16). Then he asked God to open the young man's eyes, and "he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha" (v. 17).

When the king of Babylon threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fiery furnace, the king would soon "see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire" (Daniel 3:25). And he would exclaim, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him" (v. 28).

When Daniel was thrown into the lions' den, he emerged unhurt because "my God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me" (Daniel 6:22).                                                        When the ship on which Paul was sailing encountered life-threatening storms, he told the crew: "This very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul'" (Acts 27:23–24). The apostle and all with him were spared. 
As you finish reading this, consider receiving what our Lord intends to give. We must ask God for his protection and trust him for his provision, and then he can give his best. Faith doesn't deserve his blessing—it positions us to receive it as His FRIENDS!

JOHN 20:29 Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

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