|Today’s Scripture: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9|
|Sometimes we use the phrase, “Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” when referring to how big our problems are. What if we went through the day looking at our blessings that way instead of considering our problems like that? Often when it comes to the blessings in our lives, we can only see the tip of the iceberg. Have you ever considered how much lies beneath the surface of the tip that we see?
Because ice is not as dense as water, about one ninth of each iceberg is visible. The other 90% remains unseen. The same is true in the Christian life. The blessings God has in store for us in Heaven and even in the future here on earth cannot be seen at this given moment in time. But if we have faith, we know this is true. We are not meant to be able to see the big picture right now. If we could, we wouldn’t need to trust or serve the Lord purely out of love and gratitude.
Consider some of the people in Scripture who could not see the depth of their blessings until much later: Joseph and his position of leadership as ruler over Egypt, Rahab and her connection with the lineage of Christ, Abraham becoming the father of many nations, Ruth and her answered prayer in Boaz, David being exalted to reign over Israel, and the list goes on and on. All of them endured pain and suffering before the blessings were even remotely visible. Some of them waited years with what seemed like nothing to show for their faithfulness.
No matter how bleak the outlook may seem, you serve a God that delights in surprising you with good things. Don’t let discouragement steer you off course. The next time you are wondering how big the Lord’s unseen blessings for you really are, take a look at the entire picture of an iceberg. God has so much more in store for you than you could ever possibly imagine. Friend, your problems may loom large today, but your unseen blessings are far greater than any problem in your path. Just remember, you’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder