The new you… seeing God!
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
The pure in heart receive a special promise… “they shall see God.”
But what does this mean?
As with so many of God’s promises in the New Covenant, there is future aspect – and a present component. There is a promise for NOW… and for later.
In the case of seeing God, there will come a day when we will actually gaze upon Him. In John’s Heavenly vision, he relates this climactic moment for the faithful: “They will see His Face…” (Revelation 22:4) I don’t think there are any words that can possibly capture the glory of that moment. Just know that, in that moment, everything we have ever gone through will have been worth it! And that special promise will be ours to experience for all of eternity!
But the New Covenant is not just about future hope. God desires to share Himself with us now. As God’s people, we are actually invited to share in His Presence. This has always been deep in the heart of those who seek for God. The Psalmist asked (and answered) the question of his own soul: “Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart…” (Psalm 24:3-4a) And again: “As for me, I shall behold Your Face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied…” (Psalm 17:15)
The promise of God, for the here and now, is that: “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) Never is that promise more available, and as rewarding, as it is through our Lord Jesus.
We must remember that it was Jesus Who told us: “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father… and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.” (John 14:9; Luke 10:22) Our “seeing” God begins with a revelation of Jesus, coming from Jesus. And it is Jesus’ desire to bring this revelation to those who have dedicated their hearts completely to Him.
This is why being “pure in heart” is so important. Pure in heart means that our hearts are singularly focused upon loving God, and serving God by loving other people. We seek to DO as Jesus has done. We do it willingly, and devotedly – just as our Lord showed us, in His time here with us.
Our reward is that we begin to “see” God in everything. We see the world differently – through the eyes (and Heart) of the One Whom we love. We see His handiwork all around us. We even begin to see “behind the scenes” as God begins to clue us in to glimpses of what He is doing (see John 15:14-15!).
This is all part of our present promise of “seeing” God. It is the promise of our Lord, for anyone who will BE pure in heart…
Prayer focus: God, help me to seek You with ALL my heart… and trust in Your word.