8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
God is invisible. We cannot see him, yet we can see his power at work in the world. In Romans 1 we see that his divine power and eternal nature are visible in creation. We are, in fact, without excuse because of this truth. God is there. God is here.
Jesus blessed those who believe without seeing (John 20:29). In a world where seeing is believing, having faith without sight is remarkable.
It also comes with joy. When we trust God, whom we cannot see, we get to a place where an inexpressible and glorious joy fills us as we experience God’s salvation in Jesus. That’s right. Our joy isn’t without root. It comes from trust in Jesus for his sacrifice for our sins.
We think it would be easier if we could have been there in the first century. If we had listened to Jesus directly. If we had seen him crucified. If we had seen the empty tomb. If only. Many people who did see those things did not follow him. Faith is not dependent on sight. It is dependent upon trust.
I want to trust God more for the things I cannot see.