For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Our oldest child lives in Florida. As glam as that is at times with beaches and warm weather, there ARE drawbacks! For one, she can’t just go in her kitchen and grab a glass of tap water and another, taking a shower without a nice-smelling soap can leave a body smelling worse than before bathing! The water is weird! It is smelly and if you look at it, there’s no way in the world you would want to wash with, much less ingest it!
Look around, it won’t take long to find the “murkiness” in this world. Television is filled with junk, the store window dressing for places teens pick out clothes are so scantily attired, it makes me blush and ANGRY!
Unlike the obvious things floating around in a glass, offering a warning, we often do not recognize those things in our lives, hindering us from clearly seeing ourselves, or more importantly, the Lord.
Now my daughter could have a water filter capable of straining out much of the unwanted contaminates, but if she did not utilize it, if it just sat there on her countertop, it would be of no use whatsoever.
The Scriptures offer a filter to us. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we are convicted and taught what things are harmful and what is spiritually nutritious for us. If we, however, just leave the Word sitting on the shelf or in the car from one Sunday to the next, it is not going to work the way It was intended.
Similar to the purifier working to protect physical health, the Word, through the direction of the Holy Spirit, effects our spiritual well-being.
God’s Word clearly tells us that we will NOT fully know or understand here. Are there those who are more spiritually mature than us, certainly; but even THEY are not immune to exposure to those microscopic organisms that creep in as a result of living in a fallen world.
There are Floridians who are (outside of perhaps suntan addictions), extremely health-conscious and have the most sophisticated and expensive filters on the market; but I hazard to guess that not ONE can guarantee 100% purity. JESUS CHRIST ALONE CAN MAKE THAT CLAIM!
The Lord sees all and knows everything! He is well aware of every indiscretion, hesitation of hope, hiccup of faith; but He loves us anyway! He understands the difference between us reading and studying the Bible because we hunger for what He wants to tell us, or if it is an obligation and part of our determination to fulfill a resolution to have devotion time every day!
I have to tell you, I am not looking too forward to knowing myself completely and seeing the reflection my life has cast these 48 years! What I DO know, what I have been able to see through the dimness of a cloudy glass seems ill-behaved enough! God in His mercy, knows that we could not bear to realize who and what we are, nor would we even get it, if it was revealed to us at this point!
From a corrupted, self-assessing view, our lives look, perhaps depending on our attitude toward our own sins, even a little “better” than others. So, having just a little poison is better? Darkness is darkness! The Lord calls it as it is!
Some of us may have more accurate vision than others, only through the grace of God and the discernment He gives regarding sinfulness. Doesn’t that just mean that we are more keenly aware of how sin has darkened the waters? Aren’t we then more sensitive to filth maybe undetected by those unyielding to the training of the Holy Spirit to detect? Does that make us FEEL better? What good does it do to know?
What then do we do with this “dark water”? Well, once we admit the inhibition of our sight, we trust in the Father for what is ahead of us. We know that we are depraved sinners, but not even close to the extent, so would that not fill our hearts with gratitude and praise for Christ Who DOES fully know what we do not, yet loved us enough to die and give Himself that we may live?
The way I understand, any unanswered questions the Lord pleases to reveal, one day, will be. We will simply not be privy to clarity until we are with Him, The PURE, LIVING WATER.
Holy and Glorious King
Thank You for the PURE
Life-saving drink You have given us
A eternal supply from the Fountain of Life
We ask that You will put in us
For Your Word
Lord, although we do not see clearly yet
Thank You that You are sheltering us from those things
You in Your perfect knowledge, realize that we could not understand
Through blurred, human, sinful vision, sometimes we strain to comprehend
What is on just the other side of that glass!
We want to know what is ahead of us
We THINK we want to know ourselves better
But the “self” we often claim is the one we want to comfort ourselves into believing exists.
Magnificent Creator, You know us
You consider all of the debris, floating around in our lives
Inhibiting our view of how wonderful You truly are
And the desperate wickedness of our hearts
Yet You love us ANYWAY!
As we grow in You, Abba, Father
You teach us to realize just how filthy the water is through which we look
The closer we are to You
The more our eyes are opened to the dimness and darkness of sin and disobedience
In the Name of Your Precious Son
Jesus, our Redeemer
“Be Thou My Vision”