Tuesday, May 27, 2014

through a glass, darkly

How do you know?

How can you know that God is?

That He created it all?

That He is ever present in the soul of a believer?

You can't see Him.  You can't hear Him.  You weren't there when the world was formed.

For some it is hard to accept.  It's almost like there is a desire to believe but then reason or intellect or lack of understanding get in the way.

Sure there's a God.  But how do you know...really know?

For now we see through a glass, darkly.

We look through the glass and see a part, a shape that lacks fine details.

The Bible fills in a lot of the details, painting for us the picture of what we had, until that point, only seen through the glass, darkly.  But still, we see only part.

But face to face with God, when we meet Him in eternity, we shall know Him as He now knows us, completely, intimately, fully, deeply.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  I Corinthians 13:12

So, basically, we believe in a God we've never seen, never heard, never touched??

Just as we breathe air we've never seen, never heard, never touched.

What is it then? What is it that allows me to know that God is? 

Surely it is not the image I see through the glass.  It is not even just the hope that He is.

What allows me to believe is faith.


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1

Faith gives substance to hope.  It puts some skin on the idea, brings it to life.

See, I can hope for things all day long.  I can hope that God created me and everything around me.  I can hope He loves me.  But when I have FAITH in these things, there is the evidence of the things I can't see.

Faith gives proof of what is seen through the glass.  Faith makes God tangible.

Here is my belief.

And belief is where it all begins.

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