My daughter had an interesting experience on the bus the other day. One of her close friends decided to assert his atheistic views on her, browbeating her verbally for being stupid enough to believe in God. Over and over, he denied the existence of deity and challenged her to prove otherwise. She was absolutely flabbergasted by his vehemence, finding it hurt her soul to hear it. She also felt terribly inadequate to answer him. Although she had tasted many sweet spiritual moments in her lifetime, expressing or explaining them to one who was so adamantly against God felt awkward. In the end, she simply repeated, "I can't prove it, but I know it," each time he dared her to qualify her faith.
While I felt bad for the hurting heart she had, I also rejoiced that she'd had one of those refining moments that cause a person to take stock in what they believe. She felt like a failure because she couldn't come up with words to convince him, but I thought she succeeded with flying colors because she acknowledged that faith isn't a matter of proof. It is "the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). She couldn't point to anything around her and say, "This proves unequivocally that God exists," but she could search within her heart and feel the many ways He has touched her over the years.
Like the heart within us that we can feel beating, though we cannot see it.
Like the electricity that ignites our lights and appliances, though we cannot see it.
Like the wind pushing the leaves along, though we cannot see it.
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Some things are real even if we can't see them. The "proof" is in the effect. It's in what happens because of the thing we can't see. Faith in God, after all, doesn't work like a geometric proof or a scientific analysis. Though there are steps we follow to gain a knowledge of God, and though we can test the Lord's promises, our faith in Him is ultimately beyond empirical explanation to those who will not open their spiritual eyes.