Scripture Reading

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Insight on the Word

Blessed or happy are those who are pure in heart. Think about it, when you have no grudges against others, no evil thoughts about others, no lust or evil pleasures in our mind, no malice, envy, or hatred, you have a clean and peaceful heart (Titus 3:2-3). You are at peace with God, yourself and your fellowman. This is indeed a blessed life. But there is even greater promises given to the pure in heart: “they shall see God.”

God has been seen many times. God appeared to Abraham as stated in Genesis 12:7 which says, “the Lord appeared unto Abram.” God appeared to Isaac, Genesis 18:2 states, “the Lord appeared unto him.” Jacob saw God as proven in Genesis 32:30: “I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Seventy-four leaders of Israel (including Moses and Aaron) saw God on Sinai (Exodus 24:1-11). The Lord appeared to Gideon in visible form as recorded in Judges 6:11-23. He appeared to Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:21 which says: “And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh.” God appeared to Isaiah in Isaiah 6: “I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple.” In Acts 7:54-60 Stephen saw “Jesus standing on the right hand of God.” And throughout all eternity those of us who have accepted Jesus as their Lord “shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4).

God is very real and reveals Himself to whomever He chooses. As we live pure before God we can expect to see Him in our everyday life. It may not always be a visual manifestation that we see: we may see Him in others, see Him in His creation, or see Him through the pages of the word, but then again we may just see Him with our eyes, for: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

Speak the Word — I am pure in heart and I shall see God! (Matthew 5:8)

Daily Bible Reading — Leviticus 5 – 7