Daily D – Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (NIV)
You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. (MSG)
There are people who see no evidence of God. There are people who see God everywhere in everything. As Eugene Peterson notes in his paraphrase of this verse in The Message, we cannot see God everywhere in everything until we get our hearts and minds right with God.
C. S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain said, “It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.”
The questions of the day then are these:
1. Do you want to see God?
2. What’s stopping you?
What obstacles stand between you and God? Remove them.
What blinds you to his beauty and wonder? Exchange those lenses.
Maybe so few people are capable of seeing God everywhere in everything because they don’t really want to see God, but themselves writ large, amplified, maximized, large and in charge. We can’t see God everywhere in everything because we fill up all the available space with ourselves.
The more of me everywhere in everything, the less of God anywhere in anything.
The pure in heart make ample room for God because they know whatever he adds is far superior to anything they put away.
You can see God everywhere in everything today when you trade whatever you have for whatever he offers. It is an unfair exchange. He always gives better than we deserve and more than we can contain. He gives more so that we can share his abundant beauty and wonder everywhere in everything.
Our Father, I want to encounter you everywhere in everything all the time. Here and now, I make room for more of your goodness, grace, mercy, and kindness by removing anything in the way. Amen.
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2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)
2 Chronicles 33:15, 16 He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel.
Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
2 Kings 20:2, 3 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”