Seeing God.

“Show me your glory.”

That’s what Moses asked God. And God said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The LORD’; and I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” He said, “you cannot see my face; for no one shall see Me and live.” (Exodus 33:19-20)  So, God tells Moses to stand on a rock, and when His glory passes by He will place Moses in a cleft of that rock covering him with His hand. Moses got to see God’s back, but not His face. (Vs. 21-22)

The pure of heart.

Jesus says, “they will see God.”  Christ’s disciples saw their resurrected Lord and I am sure all of God’s children will see Jesus. But, I believe Jesus is talking about seeing our Father who once said, “No one shall see Me and live.” Are you starting to see the qualifier, a clean heart?

We are bombarded with and nearly overwhelmed by the self-centered displays of those around us. How easy it is to forget our own purity of thought and deed when confronted by the thoughtless cruelty of another. We are quick to judge unrighteousness, but not so quick to endure it. The trying of our heart is God’s purpose in these matters. “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

There are plenty of opportunities for God to cleanse our hearts as long as we don’t become hermits. We have been given the secret of victory and even the remedy when we fail. Our Father wants our hearts to be clean. We have heard the secret many times. Has it become too familiar? There is hardly a Christian wedding where this secret isn’t read for all to hear. The secret is the kind of love described in 1 Corinthians 13.

The trying of our heart is meant to teach us holiness, lessons from our Father. Take it from this slow learner we are in good hands. Jesus provided the remedy for when we fail.  All that is required is a heart willing to agree. Acknowledge the failures, we are then sure to be forgiven and cleansed.