It is Becoming Clearer…
In a world that is filled with confusion and illusion, it is comforting that God makes His will clearer to us the closer we draw to Him. He is calling us, you and I, calling us to greater and greater revelation of His word and His will. If we will only look, it becomes clearer.
Let’s take a look!
Note from Kip…
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (NLT)
From the introduction today you may have guessed that this scripture was going to be part of this, so why hold off on sharing it with you?
Even though we think we are an enlightened generation, fully complemented with information, knowledge, and reference to the experience of past generations, we find that our vision is blurred. We are blinded by external forces and our own bias on a constant basis.
The wonderful thing to note is that we don’t have to remain in the dark about our surroundings. We can have our eyes opened to see more clearly. While we will see everything clearly when we are home with Jesus, we can have an impact on our vision today and going forward.
It’s Not What God Calls Us To
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 14:33(AKJV)
God doesn’t call us to have a clouded outlook on the world around us. His process and desire for us is that things become clearer and clearer over time. He’s placed His Spirit, our teacher, in us so we can see and comprehend more and more of His Word, His Creation, and He Himself.
Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.
1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (HCSB)
It perhaps doesn’t get any clearer than this. God’s intent is for us to see clearer. This assignment of His Spirit to be our teacher is intended to be the means by which were are provided with more and more insight and enlightenment.
The ‘Age of Enlightenment’ has always been considered a point at which humanity elevated it’s consciousness, but if you really consider that definition for that period of time, is a falsehood.
Enlightenment takes place on an individual basis. Culture and knowledge alone cannot raise the consciousness of individuals. Consciousness in God’s framework takes place when the individual seeks understanding and either as a result of that seeking finds the wisdom and understanding of God, or they approach their search for wisdom through the lens of the Holy Spirit influencing their perception.
The more we draw closer to God and rely more and more on His Holy Spirit within us, the clearer things become to us. This of course effects our understanding of His Word, but it also revolutionizes our perception of the world around us.
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
Romans 1:20-21 (NLT)
As we look around us we can see God’s hand in the architecture of the earth, the moon and the stars. Not only do we see the craft, we also see the power that was brought about to produce these things. From the massive right down to the most minute detail.
The more we pause and consider it the deeper our appreciation and understanding of our Lord is, and just how amazing He truly is.
Notice the 21st verse there. I separated the two to point out that the ones who do not base their understand on the revelation of God find the ultimate handicap having their minds darkened.
It explains why despite our knowledge of things growing at an exponential rate, our understanding of things, even the most common of things, has been on a constant and ever more crucial decline.
What appears to us as common sense is challenged almost daily by people who sincerely believe that that common sense thinking is not just wrong, but evil.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Woe to those who are wise in their own opinion and clever in their own sight.
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, who are fearless at mixing beer, who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice.
Isaiah 5:20-23 (HCSB)
He Calls Us to More
Jesus is constantly calling us to be more, understand more, pray more, be more joyous, more kind, more loving, more compassionate, and the list goes on and on.
The world would put up its most shiny and alluring items and herald them as that which we should pursue. But that is nothing but a distraction to draw us away from seeing the things that God wants to show us. Things that grow us, things that comfort us and provide peace, things that answer those questions the world can’t answer, but God already has.
Yes, today I do not see everything clear as crystal, but God is working on that. Just as Solomon sought the wisdom that only God could provide him with, we also should be doing that exact same thing. Placing our faith and hope in His revelation of the things that he has in store for us.
I don’t see everything with perfect clarity, but one day I will, as I stand next to my redeemer. Until that time, “Is is becoming clearer” all the time.