“There are none so deaf as those that will not hear,” says Kiowa Brazeau to Hugh Glass in the book Revenant. He could just as well have said, “There are none so blind as those that will not see.” There are many times that we are so fixed in our ways that we will not listen; we will not see. Most people gaze upon creation and see something amazing in the vastness of the oceans, the ascending mountain peaks, the enormity of outer space. But not so one of my non-Christian friends, who claims that the world is actually a complete mess, and not in the form or fashion that he would have created. Therefore, he sees no God, and therefore, in his world…there is no God.
Our passage, Matthew 5:8, the 6th Beatitude, says that blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. We often think of seeing God as the reward for the Christian who will see God in all His glory in heaven. This is absolutely the ultimate reward that the believer will experience, just as Job proclaimed, “And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself.” But this Beatitude could actually be translated, “…for they will be seeing God.” Thus, there is a sense in which the pure in heart see Him even now.
How will you see God today? Will it be to look up, and to be a bit more heavenly and eternally minded, so as not to be bogged down in temporal things around you? Will it be to look down, and see the needy one that God has put before you, and to serve Jesus as you serve the least of these? Will it be to look out, and see God opening doors for you to share the love of Christ in word? Or will it be to look within, to give thanks that God has redeemed your heart of stone and given you a new, pure heart? In so doing, you will be seeking to “see God” in everything. As CS Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
Rev. Darol Timberlake, Assistant Pastor
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