Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. — Augustine
Some people don’t believe that there is a backstage at all. They believe that all that can be seen is all that exists. Nothing behind the scenes, nothing beyond the material world. We call these people “atheists” and they live as if the stage of life is all there is.
They have their reasons for believing this way. Some have embraced a materialistic reasoning that assumes God does not exist and that the material world is all there is.
Others conclude that a good God simply would not allow horrible things to happen. They banish God through their unbelief. Daniel, a devout Jew, could have joined their atheistic ranks. But he didn’t. He and his friends looked beyond their circumstances and became even more certain that there was a trustworthy God who is working backstage. And they were right.
Throughout the Bible, and even in modern times, God sometimes raises the backdrop on the stage. He gives us intense glimpses of what is going on behind the scenes. Isaiah was one of the prophets who was able to peek behind the curtain:
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:1-4)
These powerful images should cause us to question how we view life in general. We naturally focus on ourselves and what’s happening around us, don’t we? But what’s happening backstage is actually the real deal! How different would you feel if you trusted that God is truly in control, backstage, directing what happens today?
Awesome God, today I humbly and joyfully bow before You and raise my hands to You today as my Master and my Lord, the One behind the scenes directing this grand story in which I am playing my part. In spite of the hardships and the difficulties that I face as an exile in this world, I believe in You. I have faith in You. I worship You. Amen!
Taken from Pete’s series Living in Exile: God Working Behind the Scenes.