Faithful Eyes

Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him; on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
Job 23:8–10
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Faithful Eyes
Job longs to see God, to be in His presence.  The nature of God and His unseen being is difficult for many people.  “If God would just show Himself then I would believe.” This is a common statement often made by those struggling with their faith or those who simply do not have faith.  Seeing is believing after all, at least that is what the world says.  God’s Word however, speaks to the matter in a different way. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Our eyes are clouded with sin.  It distorts the reality of who God is. Only when view through the lens of Scripture can we begin to see God.  And what we behold is love. Love of the Father who gives His only Son as a ransom for the many.  We see the image of Christ crucified and behold our salvation.  It is only with eyes of faith that we are able to see the truth.  Yet one day all eyes will be opened to see the truth of Christ.  In the resurrection on the last day none will be able to deny the reality of who Jesus is. “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen” (Revelation 1:7). And on that great and glorious last day of history those in faith will be refined, and “shall come out as gold.”
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