How to See God More Clearly
A few years ago, I was driving through the mountains one night and I encountered a stretch of road where the conditions had turned terribly foggy. The fog was so thick that I had to slow down as I could only see a small portion of the road at a time. I struggled to see the road ahead and stay safe. I was anxious to see more clearly.
In a similar manner, many times we as Christians struggle to see where God wants to take us in our personal journey of life. Just like driving in fog, we are hard pressed to find our way as followers of Jesus. I am afraid that this process can become so intense that we too often default to the idea of just following our own desires rather than that of the Lord.
Matthew 5:8 gives us instead the inside information we need to see and experience God. The verse says that “God blesses those whose hearts are pure.” What does all this mean and how do you experience the truth of this verse? I want to give you some things that I believe are essential to having a pure heart and seeing God.
- Having a pure heart means we must begin to live a life that is pleasing to God.
“What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22
God has commanded us as believers to live by His truth. If we are to please God, we must obey His Word. Psalm 119:9 declares: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your Word.” Are we devoted to His truth and living by that standard of truth? To see God more clearly, we must live by His Word!
Having a pure heart also means that we must begin to live for the sole purpose of God.
A pure heart is evidenced by the way we live.1 Peter 4:2 tells us that people devoted to God “won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.” To see God more clearly, we must be focused on chasing God’s agenda for our lives rather than our own.
I do not know about you but I no longer want to struggle to find my way in this life. Instead, I want to learn to live out the true meaning of Matthew 5:8. All the things that this world has to offer pales in comparison to truly seeing and experiencing God. Paul described this best in Philippians 3:7-8 when he said: “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”