Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 1, 2022

“For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?”

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 33:20-23.

“But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”  Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock;  and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.  Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”  Exodus 33:20-23.


The righteous live by faith.  The righteous are saved through faith.

A possible additional reason (in addition to physical survival) why we do not have such encounters with God is that God wants to build our faith.

For example, if we saw God’s face, then we would see such an amount of His glory, His abilities, and His goodness that it would preclude faith, because we would know.  We would not need to believe. 

“For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope;  for who hopes for what he already sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”  Romans 8:24-25.

“for we walk by faith, not by sight— ”  2 Corinthians 5:7.

Let us consider the words of Jesus to His disciple Thomas.

“But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!”  But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus *came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then He *said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands;  and reach here your hand and put it into My side;  and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”  Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed?  Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”  John 20:24-29.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the men of old gained approval.”  Hebrews 11:1-2.


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