June 15, 2019

Face to Face

Written by Tripp Prince

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 15, 2019

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

In one of the more memorable scenes in C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair, we find the witch, known as The Queen of Underland, doing her best to bring the heroes back under her spell, doing all she can to make them forget about the beauty and wonder of life above ground, with its trees and oceans and flowers and sunshine, instead convincing them that her underground lair was the most true thing, the only true thing, in the world. Everything else was simply a dream or an illusion. In her silky smooth voice of deception, she cooed, “When you try to think out clearly what the sun must be, you cannot tell me. You can only tell me it is like the lamp. Your sun is a dream; and there is nothing in that dream that was not copied from the lamp. The lamp is the real thing; the sun is but a tale, a children’s story.”

To use St. Paul’s language, she was trying to draw a veil over their faces, shielding them from the reality of the world and convincing them that a lie was the truth. As a result, they saw reality dimly, as though looking through a mirror. This pressure is alive and well in our world today. We are told that reality is limited to what can be seen, measured, and observed. With the same narrative told for centuries now, we have come as a society to be fully under its enchantment without even realizing it.

In our world today, spirituality and Christian belief is seen as a relatively harmless pursuit, as long as it is kept to oneself and never imposed on society at large. You are as free to believe in Jesus and his Kingdom as the next person is to believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Yet none of these beliefs, we’re told, necessarily correspond to anything “real” or “true”. In the midst of this great confusion, Jesus comes to set us free from our blindness.

The Holy Spirit helps you to see the world as God sees it. You are set free to contemplate the goodness and love of God shown in Jesus, and to believe and trust that this is in fact what you were made to do. God’s greatness and glory is never ending, and therefore we can always go deeper and deeper into that mystery. The glory of God is not a disembodied escape from reality but is the entry out of the shadows and into the radiance of his light!

Prayer

Father, remind us that heaven and earth are closer than we could ever imagine, and that you are working in us to restore to us our vision of what is truly beautiful and good. Amen.


Application

How can you foster gratitude in your heart and life for the ways God is transforming and shaping you into his image?


Related Reading

Psalm 84:7; John 17:22; 2 Corinthians 3:18


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