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Seeing the Unseen
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My scientist-professor friend tells me there are more non-human cells on and in the human body than human cells. Bacteria and such, he says. How does he know this? Only 150 years ago scientists and doctors didn’t even believe in germs! So much discovery of knowledge can be directly attributed to the use of microscopes. Without these amazing tools there are many things we still would not know.

On the other hand, the telescope can reveal information about very large objects located millions of miles away. In fact, thanks to telescopes, we now know there are literally billions of stars out there in the universe.

Another tool for seeing what we otherwise couldn’t is the X-ray machine. Technicians can quickly tell if bones are broken or cracked. And by using sonogram waves we can look inside the human body and spot trouble areas that need medical attention. We can also catch glimpses of truly miraculous things, like tiny human babies developing in the womb.

The key to “seeing the unseen” through all these tools is knowledge, skill and experience in interpreting the data. Technicians and scientists must be educated and trained to detect what cannot normally be seen by the human eye. Then they must develop their skills by practicing them in real-life situations.

Spiritual World

In the spiritual world there are many unseen things. There are always questions for which we do not currently have concrete answers. Our daily struggles are not only “against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12, NASB).

How can we see the unseen spiritually? We must start by becoming educated in the Word of God. We must study it diligently day by day, as though that were our life work. Then we must develop our spiritual eyesight through real-life experiences. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV).

Faith is our microscope, our telescope, our X-ray machine and our sonogram, through which we must filter the evidence around us.

And the great news is that the more we exercise and develop our faith, the more it grows and the more skillful we become at interpreting the data! The eyes of our hearts become enlightened so we can know the surety of our hope and the greatness of the power of God’s love toward those who believe. (Ephesians 1:17-19).

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By Brenda Dickerson. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE ® and the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.


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