Eyes That See
“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
Do you see God?
I’m not asking if you see His physical features or if you see Him in visions or dreams, but do you see evidence that He’s here . . . around you . . . near you . . . right beside you?
Proverbs 20:12 tells us, “Ears to hear and eyes to see—both are gifts from the Lord.”
But, do we really see and hear?
I’ve mentioned before how things changed dramatically for my mother when in her early eighties she had surgery to remove cataracts from her eyes. It was as though her whole life she had been blind, and now she could see with such clarity, such newness! The joy and wonder was like that of a young child receiving a gift they never dreamed of or imagined possible.
Do you see God like that . . . each day . . . all around you?
That’s how God is. Each day He gives us gifts we never dreamed or imagined possible, and He wants us to have eyes that see Him. I believe that's what Matthew 5:8 is talking about. When our hearts are pure, uncluttered by sin and the world's skeptical and doubtful way of thinking, we see Him. We really see Him.
Do you remember the story of doubting Thomas? Listen to the story from John 20:24-29:
"One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” "My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
Do you have a heart pure enough to see God . . . when you don't see God?
Titus 1:15 says, "Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted."
May our hearts and minds be trained in the loving commands of our Heavenly Father, written on our hearts, that we might have eyes to see Him--every moment of every day.