Up until the time that I turned 50 years old, my eyesight was good, so good that I didn’t need glasses, other than reading glasses. I could see everything just fine in the daylight and my night vision was also good. But, there were plenty of things that I could not see. Some people tend to think that the only things that exist are things that we see, feel, hear, taste, or touch. They think that our senses take in all that there is, and that there’s nothing else that exists. But, that would be a negative assumption. There’s plenty of things that I cannot see, and neither can you. I cannot see air, I cannot see wind, I can’t see evaporation, I cannot see radio waves, I cannot see gravity, I cannot see ultraviolet light, nor can I see emotions. I see or experience the effects of some of these things, just not the actual things themselves. And, no matter how hard that I try, I know that I will never see them.
But that’s okay. It’s through my experiences that I know that they are there, I know that they exist, even though I cannot see them. Likewise, I cannot see the spiritual world. I experience God, but I don’t physically see Him. I know deep down in the very core of my soul that God exists. There are things that go on in this world and in the spiritual world that we don’t know about. We have an enemy, and we are under attack. There is spiritual warfare from Satan going on all around us, and we are the attractive target. He will do everything possible to discredit us as Christians. We don’t have a complete picture of what’s going on in the universe when we are here in the midst of our daily lives. So we may never understand just why certain things are happening in our lives. Our perspective is limited. We need to remember that we are viewing things and events from street level. If we could change our perspective then perhaps we could see things differently – like if we were up in a helicopter we would be able to see other details about what happening in the world because we would be viewing events from a different perspective.
So, when things happen to us, bad things that we don’t or can’t understand, it’s important to remember that our view is limited. And, that there are other things going on around us that we can’t see at all. I know that God is sovereign and that He holds all in his hands. God is in control.
Personal experience has shown me that time and time again, God has a purpose. Whatever happens to me I know that as God’s child I can trust that He knows what is best for me. We can be assured that He will work everything out for His glory. And, that’s enough for me.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12, ESV)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, ESV)
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, ESV)