the day to see what we believe.
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13 NIV
When Jesus returns to earth, everyone will be able to see Him. It won’t matter whether we believe or not. When He comes for the final judgment of the world, all of us will know who He is and why He is here. The Bible tells us so: “’Look, He is coming with the clouds,’ and ‘every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him.’” (Revelation 1:7a NIV).
But why wait? St. Augustine said, “Faith is believing what we do not see and the reward for this kind of faith is to see what we believe.” We must all learn to “see” with our hearts, through the “eyes” of our faith. We must all grow in our love for God and each other until all that is before us is the beauty that God created and the glory of the gift of His love.
God is everywhere we look. He is in every breath that we take. He is in the sun that warms us, gives us light and helps things grow. He is in the stars that are revealed to us when it is dark, that enable us to be awed at the vastness of all that He created. And it is “By faith we understand the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what is visible.” (Hebrews 11:3 NIV).
Our faith will let us see God in everyone we meet. It will help us look beyond the pain of the world we live in to the promise of the world to come. Faith is the knowledge that every new day is a gift from God and is full of opportunities to praise Him, to worship Him, to glorify His name and to serve Him.
We could do none of these things without faith and the reward for that faith is the opening of our hearts that will let us face each new day in this life with the knowledge that when we open our eyes, God will be everywhere we look.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson