“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…”
1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)
“…he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”
Hebrews 11:27 (NIV)
William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was a great politician in England and worked diligently for the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. He also worked hard for various societies that sought to alleviate suffering and that spread the Gospel.
Wilberforce was a born orator and with the wealth left him by his father he never needed to work. He lived a life of privilege for many years.
What is not so well known about Wilberforce are numerous tragic elements in his life. During his lifetime he gave away all of his wealth to help the poor and suffering and in his final years had to travel about living a month here and one there as a house guest of children or friends.
Then his wife suffered from serious depression for many years, a daughter died as a young woman, Wilberforce also suffered many debilitating health issues. So life for this outstanding man had many challenges. Yet he pursued his work as a follower of Jesus without faltering. He found joy in his Christian life in worship of his Saviour and constantly looking at the things unseen.
Our verses today speak about joy, perseverance, and seeing the invisible One. With all of the suffering that can be experienced in this life it is so important to see, by faith, the invisible God. Also, as we see the invisible God, we find our hearts filled with a joy that is unspeakable and glorious.
Spending time meditating on the God Who loves us will bring us into a contented state of mind that non Christians do not know anything about. To meditate on God means to spend quiet moments away from distractions where we can read some of the wonderful passages of Scripture that describe our great God.
Then take a few moments to pray and thank the Lord for being what you just read in the passage you selected. Ask the Lord to show Himself to you as He was described in the passage. This form of spiritual exercise will feed your faith and give you joy for sorrow.