Seeking God. Do you know him? How well do you know him? Do you have a clear view of him, or is it clouded by your past experiences or limited by your finite thoughts?

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”—1 Cor 13:12

Circumstances and situations around us can be, and usually are, ever-changing and demanding our attention. Yet, first and foremost, I want my mind concentrating on: seeking God. He will provide answers or direction for everything else. With that in mind while reading today’s scripture passages, 1 Cor 13:12 jumped out at me.

Numerous times in the Bible we are told that if we seek God earnestly, we’ll find him. (Here are a few examples: Deut 4:29, Prov 8:17, Jer 29:13, Lam 3:25, Matt 7:7-8, Acts 17:27). And we have seen from reading about individuals in the Bible and hearing about or watching people we know personally that this is the case. Yes, God desires a relationship with us. We are to seek him with all of our heart, and if we do so, he promises that we will find him. He wants to have an intimate relationship with each of us. With that said, does anyone else struggle with not feeling as close to him as you would like or as you feel other Christians have with him?

Maybe this verse gives clarity for some of our feelings. Granted, I know we can and will grow in our relationship with Christ. I know that by seeking him and getting into God’s Word on a more regular basis and having a more consistent prayer life – this will happen. Yet even with these actions and God’s promises above (that if we seek him we will find him), it’s also obvious that we can only get so close to him while we are on this side of heaven.

No matter how good of an image a mirror can provide, it’s not perfect. It’s only a reflection of the real thing. The picture I put with my post shows my cat’s face in a mirror. Obviously it looks like him-but it’s not a full picture of him. I only see a part of him—and that’s with good lighting.

Paul even emphasizes in 1 Cor 13:12 that we see in a mirror dimly–with other translations using the words indistinctly (HCSB), as a reflection (NIV), indirectly (LEB), darkly (KJV) and imperfectly (NLT). Our vision is obscured or not clear. Think of reading with a bright light versus by the light of a fire. Obviously with just light from a fire, your vision will be impaired with the lower, dimmer light. You can only see a portion of what you can see with the full, bright light. So is our view of God–as of now. We are human. We are each limited by our finite minds, cultural biases and sinful flesh. We see dimly.

Yet, this verse tells us that later–then–we will be face to face! Unlike now, we as believers will see God face to face! Think about that for a minute. Isn’t that unbelievable? There will be nothing in between us. Nothing! We will see him directly and clearly in heaven. As of now, we only know in part, but then we will know fully. Now we know, distinguish, understand, comprehend or perceive only a portion, fraction, fragment or imperfectly. “When the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.” (1 Cor 13:10) Then, we will know fully, even as we have been known. How have we been known? Fully, completely, entirely, wholly, abundantly, totally, absolutely, exactly, intimately and personally as God knows all believers. “If anyone loves God, he is known by God.” (1 Cor 8:3) (See also Ps 1:6, Jer 1:5, Ps 139:1-24)

My Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for knowing us fully–and what all that means. Thank you for loving us, even though you know us fully! I love looking at Psalm 139. It’s so crazy to think about you searching and knowing us. Knowing when we sit down and when we rise up. You can even discern our thoughts from afar. You search out our paths, our lying down and you are acquainted with our ways. Even before a word is on our tongue–you know what we are going to say. We can’t get away from your Spirit! You created our inmost being and knitted us together in our mother’s womb. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by you. (Ps 139:1-4, 7, 13-14) So yes, you know us and have known us fully.

We want to know you. We are seeking you and praising you for all that you have done, are doing and will do in our lives. We praise you even when we or our loved ones are hurting. We aren’t praising you because we or they are hurting–admittedly, that we don’t understand. But we praise you because you are in the middle of the situation with us. You walk with us through the pain and the questioning. You will provide what we need when we need it. Because we love you and we are seeking you, you have told us we will find you. Even if we can only see you dimly at this time, that’s what we seek. We lean on your Word, trust what you say and look forward to and marvel at the time when we will be able to see you face to face! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.