The Bible tells us that, for the time being, we have to function in the Christian life without the benefit of “seeing” the important and eternal things that we live for and live by (2Cor.4:18; 5:7; 1Pet.1:8; et al.). Our hope in God – his forgiveness, his blessing and his presence, just to name a few – are realities we claim without the aid of our physical senses. While God has provided historical, objective proof for our faith through predictive prophecies and the resurrection of Christ, today must be lived without the tangible confirmation of their benefits.
But Scripture continually urges us to not lose heart or grow weary. One day our “faith will be sight,” we will “see him face to face” and the truth we live by will be as tangible as the morning newspaper in the New Jerusalem. So for now, “fix your eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2Cor.4:18). “Walk by faith, not by sight” (5:7) and keep praying the prayer Christ taught his disciples to pray: “Your kingdom come!” (Mt.6:10). It will be here before you know it.