The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Thine Eyes Shall See"
In the first moment we look upon the Lord Jesus Christ "Face to face," we will understand the Apostle Paul's words regarding our presently limited earthly knowledge and awareness of our Savior: "We see through a glass darkly" (I Corinthians 13:12).
Certainly, God at times does things that vividly reveal His presence and involvement in our lives. On such occasions, I have often said to our Heavenly Father, with great reverence, "You are being pretty obvious in this matter, Lord, and we are supposed to "walk by faith" (II Corinthians 5:7). Such moments come as God wills, eliciting great joy, encouragement, and strengthening in the blessing of His sublime grace in Christ. Still, these gifts will all fade in the glorious light of "Face to face." Our best moments of Christ in this life, good as they are, will all bow in that first twinkling "moment" of eternity when we will look directly into the eyes of He who made us, died for us, and "ever liveth to make intercession for us" (Hebrews 7:25). Indeed, I recently heard a scientist use the term "beyond all imagination" regarding God's creative work. The term succinctly describes all we will feel when we first see the Lord Jesus with our glorified eyes.
This is one reason I do not have a so-called "bucket list" of things I would like to see or do before I move to that better neighborhood in the Heavenlies (no criticism intended, by the way, if you have a full bucket of such hopes and dreams. I fully understand and appreciate the intent). The longer I live, the more I appreciate the wonder and beauty available even in this present fallen realm. "The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord" (Psalm 33:5). However, I have also lived long enough to know that nothing of this world can fully satisfy our hearts. "The world passeth away" (I John 2:17).
Certainly, born again believers in the Lord Jesus should enjoy and appreciate present blessings, especially since we know from Whom they come. But God made us to know the eternal perfections of His heart, promising glories that transcend our current abilities to perceive. We will not possess such capability until we "see Him as He is" (I John 3:2). In that experience of wonder, we will better enjoy and appreciate God's good gifts. Even more, we will enjoy and appreciate the gift of Himself. Yes, the Lord Jesus comes with His Father's gifts. "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19; emphasis added). We don't see this all that well now. We will then, however. As we do, perhaps we will know how "darkly" we saw during our earthly lives. Or perhaps we won't, as the glory of God so shines that all darkness will be forgotten in the splendor of the most holy of visions…
"Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty."
Weekly Memory Verse
"The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead."