Are you seeing Him?

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of God”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “…we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” 2 Peter 1:16 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Are you seeing Him?”
 
I love the story Max Lucado tells in the introduction to his book, “God Came Near”. Bob Edens was blind. For fifty-one years he couldn’t see a thing. His was a dark world which he navigated by touch and sound. But then, he could see. Modern medical science discovered that Bob’s condition could be repaired, and a skilled surgeon was able to perform a complicated operation that gave him sight.
 
Bob was overwhelmed to suddenly be able to see things that had been around him all the time but which He hadn’t been able to see before. He said he was amazed to discover that yellow was so yellow, and that red was so vibrant. He was in awe of the moon and the stars in the night sky. He was fascinated by sunrises and sunsets, and by the vapor trail left by a jet plane streaking across the sky. He said, “I’m amazed at how wonderful everything is.”
 
But as Max pointed out, Bob Edens isn’t the only one who has spent a lifetime near something without seeing it. So have all of us. We’ve spent a lifetime in the presence of God without really seeing Him. And what a wonder it would be if our eyes were suddenly opened, if we could in fact see His glory, His splendor, the wonder of all that is God.
 
But wait, as we learned in yesterday’s devotional, to some degree God has made that possible. That is what the incarnation is all about and this is why, as we learned yesterday, if we want to know God, we have to study Jesus – because Jesus is God in a human body.
 
Our problem is that when we read the Gospels most of us aren’t really doing so with the intent of seeing God. Too often we approach our reading as an intellectual exercise rather than as a moment of eye-opening revelation. We’re taking in information and increasing our Biblical knowledge, but without realizing that we’re actually seeing the person of God right there on the pages of the Bible.
 
In 2 Peter 1:16 Peter declared the he and the others had been eyewitnesses to His majesty. They saw God in Jesus. We can as well. If we will approach the Gospels in that way, we’ll discover that the veil separating the physical from the spiritual is pulled back a little bit, and we are able to see God. There He is, right there on the page, pictured for us in a way we can easily relate to. Are you seeing Him?
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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