Devotion of the Day

“Yet Believing”

Whom having not seen ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
I Peter 1:8

Peter had seen Jesus. His readers had not but they believed anyway. Did not our Lord say a similar thing to Thomas: “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have seen and yet have believed”? (Jno. 20:29.)

It is not every man’s privilege to see, but it is every man’s privilege to believe. Our love and our faith do not rest upon sight. Neither does our rejoicing. We have “joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:13).

Do not demand a vision. Only three saw the glory on the transfiguration mount. But all the disciples walked with our Lord in the valley. The others were not disqualified by missing the vision. It is not lack of sight but lack of faith that rules us out. “We walk by faith, not by sight” (II Cor. 5:7) Yet believing-anyhow!