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"Not By Sight"
The Book of Revelation depicts the Lord Jesus Christ as the object of worshipful devotion by more than one hundred millions beings of Heavenly and earthly citizenry.
"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever: (Revelation 5:11-14).
Contrast this with how few people even knew He existed during His earthly advent. Historical demographers believe the world population to have been about two hundred million in the time when the Lord Jesus walked upon the planet He made. The most generous estimate of those who saw and heard Him would have constituted far less than 1% of the existing populace. Thus, the fact of God living and acting in His world primarily occurred without fanfare, pomp and circumstance. Very much like He lives and acts in a great portion of our personal lives.
"He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not" (John 1:10).
To "walk by faith, not by sight" means that believers will not see or perceive the Lord's doings in most of our steps (II Corinthians 5:7). We rather trust as a matter of faith and heart conviction that He lives in us, we live in Him, and the Holy Spirit moves in our lives no less than He moved on the face of the waters in Genesis 1:2. Even more, in fact, because we are personal beings in whom the personal God lives to reveal His character, nature, and way. "I am the light of the world… Ye shine as lights in the world" (John 8:12; Philippians 2:15).
The day will come when "I know even as also I am known" (I Corinthians 13:12). This is not that day. We rather "see through a glass darkly" and thus make thousands of determinations to join Moses, who "endured as seeing Him who is invisible" (Hebrews 11:27). God mightily works in those who trust the Lord Jesus. The Apostle Paul stated it plainly: "It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13). Like days of old, however, the Lord Jesus will most often walk in us by Spirit so inauspiciously that we will not perceive with our senses or understand with our minds the dynamic fact of His presence. The left hand will be unaware of the right hand's activities. This is exactly as it should be for now. We do well to realize the "not by sight" working of God in our lives and in the world, remembering that the Creator became a part of His creation so quietly that few of His day ever knew He walked among us.
"And when He was come into His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?"
"The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us."
"Surely the Lord is in this place. And I knew it not."
Weekly Memory Verse
I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember Thy wonders of old.