We see and hear the physical world around us through our own individual senses.
We know it to be true because our eyes and ears tell us that what we hear and see must be true.
We know that the mountains and rivers exist because we have traveled upon them. The roses outside my window are alive, and we say this simply because we behold their beauty and individual scent.
I hear the dogs barking and the geese honking up above, and believe that they are there. All of this and much, more, makes up the physical world around us.
And yet, we believe in what is unseen, and that which lies behind the world which we can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste.
For without our faith in Him whom we cannot see, then surely, our hope lies only in this temporal existence that we are living out each day.
But even some of the ancient Greek philosophers believed in a world that was beyond their senses. Plato wrote about these things in much of his writing. For truly, he knew that the attributes of love, beauty, and wisdom were framed in a world all of their own.
If then we call these things as something to be attained and found worthy, then how would we know about them?
To elevate such things as these, and to consider them, causes us to realize that they must have emanated from something.
We know that they come from the very attributes of God. For how would someone know that love is universal unless they had first seen it expressed and shown to them personally?
And who was the first person to have shown this love to someone else?
Some would say that even the animals themselves know how to care for their young. This is true, and yet, do they know when their actions are right or wrong?
Have they been taught that stealing is wrong?
Are they imbued with a conscience to tell them of these things?
We are told in scripture that the world around us shows that a creator was involved in the world which we now see:
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse,” Romans 1:20.
Surely, even many of the ancients saw a universal mind that must have brought these things into existence.
The stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies, were not just flung into existence randomly.
The order and complexity of an atom as it is made-up of its own individual parts, speaks of such an order. As we see these things around us we know that there is a divine order.
“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together,” Colossians 1:17.
For what purpose would there be to live our lives and then to die without any hope beyond this existence?
Then we die, and perhaps our lives are remembered by a small handful of men and women. Our physical bodies return to the dust and we are no more.
Oh, what despair, and what utter hopelessness! But we have this hope held like an anchor. We are anchored in the belief and hope of Him who holds all things together, and that which is perishable, will put on the imperishable.
“DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.
O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?
O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Corinthians 15:54b-57.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?