Did you find yourself hunting, searching, seeking for the LORD somewhere in this chapter? I sure did… for two days.
I spent yesterday and the day before visiting the ER with health scares. On the first day during our seven-hour visit, I decided to read ahead to begin to think about the following day’s read. I must have read 1 Samuel 29 at least a half a dozen times while waiting. And I was absolutely stumped.
I woke up stumped yesterday and then found myself back in the ER. My precious son-in-law left work to drive me and stayed until my husband arrived; but at some point I found myself alone in a hospital bed behind a thin blue curtain pulled closed for privacy. And though I could not see Him, I knew I was not really alone; although He was unseen, I knew, by faith, He was with me.
And sometimes that is the only way we will see Him. Our own human sight, situations and common sense can obscure Him; He must be Seen by Faith.
Consider Him Who is Seen by Faith
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight— [2 Corinthians 5:6-7]
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. [Hebrews 11:1]
How do we respond to Him Who is Seen by Faith?
This chapter prompted me to remember we are called to live by faith. When I am looking for Him, though I cannot see Him with human eyes or understanding, I can be assured He is with me. And when I trust Him in faith, He is pleased.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. [Hebrews 11:6]
May we learn to trust Him Who is Seen by Faith, that we would flourish like a tree planted by water and grow to bear much fruit.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit. [Jeremiah 17:7-8]
Let’s Grow Together!