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The Unseen Presence


"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."  Heb. 11:1


In the serene landscapes of our beautiful world, there's a phenomenon that often goes unnoticed but is always present – the wind. The wind is an incredible manifestation of energy, an invisible force that moves through the air, bringing with it both gentle breezes and powerful gusts. It's during those windy moments that we easily acknowledge the existence of air, for we can see the trees sway and feel the caress on our skin. But what about those calm days when the air seems still, and there's no perceptible sign of its presence? Does that mean the air has vanished? Of course not. The air is still there, ever-present, even when we can't see or feel it.


This natural phenomenon beautifully parallels our relationship with God. As Bible-believing Christians, we know that our faith is deeply rooted in the belief that God is always with us, just like the air that surrounds us. In our spiritual journey, there are moments when we feel God's presence profoundly. These moments are like the windy days when we see the trees sway and feel the touch of the wind – unmistakable and awe-inspiring.


Yet, there are also times when we might question if God is still there, when our prayers seem to go unanswered, and life's challenges cast shadows over our faith. It's during these moments that we can draw wisdom from the unseen air. Just because we don't feel the wind doesn't mean that the air is gone, and just because we don't feel God's presence doesn't mean He's not there.


The Bible teaches us in Hebrews 11:1 (NIV): "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."  This verse reminds us that faith is not dependent on visible evidence but on trust in the unseen, just like the air that envelops our world.  Our faith in God should not be contingent on our feelings or circumstances.  He is a constant, unwavering presence, like the air we breathe.


In the book of Joshua, God promises His enduring presence: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9, NIV). This assurance serves as a reminder that even in the calmest moments of our lives, when we may not feel God's presence, He is still there, watching over us and guiding our path.


So, the next time we feel the wind in our faces let's reflect on how God is constantly with us.  His presence is just as real as the air, whether we feel Him with us or not.  Our faith must remain unwavering because we walk by faith and not by sight.  We can always trust that God is with us through every season of our lives, windy or calm.

- Scott




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