Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. ~Matthew 5:8
A few months ago, I started to notice more floater activity in my right eye. I made an appointment with an ophthalmologist to do a thorough eye exam and to make sure I did not have a detached retina or any other vision-impairing issues. Thankfully, everything checked out well. It reminded me how our vision and ability to see is critically important for us in everything we do. We want good visual acuity. We want to know that we can see well. However, how well do you see the Lord?
We see a requirement.
“Blessed are the pure in heart.” In His sermon on the mount, Jesus described spiritual conditions that were neglected in the teachings of the Pharisees. The word blessed is a word that means “happy.” Most people I know want to be happy. Unfortunately, many people depend upon external factors for their happiness. Jesus describes true and lasting happiness as a virtue that comes from the right practices in life. True happiness is found in what we are supposed to be in character and in duty. True happiness is finding our joy and contentment in things that are lasting and valuable, not in that which is temporary and fleeting. Being pure in heart describes a heart that is devoid of sin, wrong motives, evil intentions, hatred, malice, jealousies, envies, and divided interests. Being pure in heart is having the ability to love God and others without pretense and conflicting desires.
We see a resolve.
Purity of heart demands that we understand the nature of the heart. The heart in itself is desperately wicked. It is prone to sinful desires. We are admonished to keep our hearts with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. First, we must confess all known sins and secure God’s cleansing. Second, we must fill our hearts with the word of God. The Psalmist said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.” Third, we must establish boundaries for our lives. Boundaries keep bad things from coming in, and also keeps us from going where we should not go. Fourth, we should not give place to Satan. Don’t leave any doors or windows in your life open for Satanic entry and defilement. Fifth, exercise a heart of love to everyone as described in I Cor. 13. Sixth, we must watch and pray lest we enter into temptation. We must have resolve in pursuing a heart that is pure.
We see the result.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” The desired goal and ambition of a pure heart is being able to see God. Seeing God is the most important priority of our lives. With a pure heart, we can see God clearly in His word. With a pure heart, we can see God clearly in His will. With a pure heart, we can see God clearly when we witness. With a pure heart, we can see God clearly in our work. With a pure heart, we can see God clearly when we are weak. With a pure heart, we can see God clearly when we have worries. With a pure heart, we can see God clearly in our worship. Seeing God is knowing his mind for us. Seeing God is seeing farther than others can see. Seeing God is how we exercise faith. Like Moses, we are able to see Him who is invisible. Seeing God is when we get advance notice of an answer to prayer. Seeing God is when we receive His messages to preach. Seeing God is seeing His holiness and confessing we are men undone with unclean lips. Seeing God is the only way to see clearly!
Can you see God? Do you have floaters obscuring your vision? Are you walking in darkness when you should be walking in the light? Purity of heart is the way to seeing God!
Have a vision clear God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Numbers 26-27