During my speed workout, I did six 15-second intervals, bursts of running as fast as I could. Yet, when I looked at my watch, my increased effort didn’t initially register on my Garmin. It looked like by heart wasn’t beating any faster…even though I KNOW it was. I couldn’t physically see my heart. Yet I have no doubt that it was working harder in those 15 seconds. No data to the contrary would convince me otherwise. 

God highlighted this as an illustration of faith: being convinced that the reality we can’t see is more real than the reality we can see. 

Consider Hebrews 11:1.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

That being the case, we have to be careful not to put too much stock in what we see and instead hold on to the invisible reality as we welcome “on earth as it is in heaven.”  Just as with my heart rate monitor, soon or later, what we can see will catch up to reflect what has already been true in the spiritual realm. In the meantime, let us live by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7).