Squinting To See

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1 Corinthians 13:12 (The Message)

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

I’m near sighted so I am very familiar with seeing everything a millions of pixels blurred together into almost undefinable objects. When I don’t have my glasses I can squint and see a little better. It’s not enough to take off running but it is enough to walk slowly taking more steps as I become sure of what I’m walking on. But when I put on my glasses is a whole ‘different story. With my glasses on everything becomes crisp and clear.

The picture that the scripture above is trying to depict to us is of our circumstance when it comes to things we don’t know or yet grasp. As finite humans we are curious and want to know everything. And if we don’t know or understand something we shy away or reject it. I believe this is the reason many struggle with Christianity. The belief that Jesus the son of the One and only Holy God of the universe came in to this world, lived a perfect life, died on a cross to pay our sin debt, resurrected after being declared dead and promised to return one day to establish God Kingdom forever, can make things a little blurry.

The reality is that being human makes us spiritually near sighted. We can only see imperfectly into the things of God. But one day God will give us a spiritual vision correction and we will see clearly. Until then He asks us to trust Him. Much like walking through a very thick fog, we have to take based only on what we can see. We take a few steps and then we can see a little further. God doesn’t give us the a full panoramic view of Himself and His perfect will. He reveals to us everything we need to know and not everything we want to know. To walk in spite of these unanswered questions is faith. But we don’t walk in blind faith, but instead in a faith based on what His revelation and on His future promises.

1 Corinthians 2:9
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
    and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
    for those who love him.”