“Things which are unseen and eternal seem, to the carnal man, distant and indistinct, while what is seen and temporal is vivid and real. Practically, any object in nature that can be seen or felt is thus more real and actual to most men than the Living God.”
This is part of the quote from Pierson’s biography of George Mueller that I posted a few days ago. Most human beings live their day to day lives according to things they can see simply because those things seem real and the things of faith do not.
I’d encourage you to think about those things which are unseen but are real and only known because God has revealed them to us through the Bible. Now ask yourself how often in any given day do you make a decision based on those unseen things? Having affirmed the necessity of faith Hebrews 11:6 states that “he who comes to God must believe that He is.” Shouldn’t this be obvious? Yet many professing Christians live each day as practical atheists never acknowledging the existence of God (and everything else unseen and yet very real) choosing instead to act only on what they can see. Thus, “any object in nature that can be seen or felt is thus more real and actual to most men than the Living God.”
Let’s get practical. Our soul is an unseen thing. No doctor can dissect a human body so as to be able to locate and remove the soul. We cannot see it and yet we know from the scriptures that it exists. We can see and feel our body. Therefore, we spend far more time worrying about, caring for, and maintaining our bodies all the while neglecting our very real and very important souls.
He who comes to God must believe that He is. The promise at the end of the verse is that God is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him. And yet, we will do little to seek Him daily if we fail by faith to even acknowledge that He exists. Bosses, teachers, coaches, and friends all demand our attention simply because they are known by our physical senses. Paying the bills, doing homework, surfing the internet, and watching golf on TV all seem more urgent than cultivating a relationship with God. None of these things are wicked in and of themselves and yet they distract us from things of utmost importance simply because they can be seen.
In Luke 17:26-30 as Jesus tells His disciples about His second coming he explains that just as it was in the days of Noah so it will be when He comes again. “They were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark.” They were engaging in normal life but they had allowed the things they could see, most of them not even wicked things, to distract them. So it is today. “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8)