See Clearly

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!” (1 Corinthians 13:12, MSG)

I recently started wearing reading glasses. I’ve had readers since seminary, but never really used them with any regularity until the last couple weeks. I’m not sure what changed, but it occurred to me one day while reading in one of my Bibles that I don’t have to squint and strain my eyes in order to read. Once I committed to the readers, I bought several pair so I have them at my desk, by my study chair in my home office, and to carry with me as I travel hither and yon.

This really speaks to me in conjunction with today’s verse. You might know 1 Corinthians 13 as the love chapter in the Bible, which is great. I have always appreciated the concluding lines of this chapter, though, that deal with trying to strain the eyes, so to speak, in order to see the things that are difficult to discern. We definitely see this in the world as we endure all kinds of suffering and hardships. This doesn’t mean that God is absent, though…not at all; in fact, it helps to give us some peace in knowing that there is still more than meets the eye, and that God is in control.

Check out these other beautiful words written by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:18-19 (MSG), for I feel they speak to our condition, and beckon us to live for God in spite of them: “I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!”

May this knowledge help you see clearly that God is present with you, and wants you to live your life for Him. The time will come when the difficulties in seeing will be removed, and we will truly be able to see God and all His glory.

Prayer: Dear Lord, enlighten the eyes of my heart so I might know you’re at work in my life and in the world. I want to see you clearly, as well as clearly see the work you have for me to do. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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