Face to Face

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:12 ~

BibleThe Bible on my lap was turned to John 15; the shadows from the blinds cast black smudgy lines upon the words.

“Hmm…,” I thought, “as these blinds are casting shadows on God’s word, so the world casts its shadows upon me and tries to dim the Word that abides in me.”

For a moment, I wondered what it would be like to see Jesus “face to face,” as 1 Corinthians 13:12 states. Nothing will hinder my relationship—no barriers or shadows will keep me from having true fellowship with Jesus; nothing will distract me from seeing His majesty, or keep me from walking into His arms. What a joyful moment that will be!

I like what David Guzik has to say about 1 Corinthians 13:12:

Face to face: Paul is using this term to describe complete, unhindered fellowship with God. *1 John 3:2 tells us when we get to heaven, we shall see Him as He is. There will be no more barriers to our relationship with God.

This is one hope that does not disappoint!

But there is one shadow, that I do allow to be cast over me—God’s. Look at these verses:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ~ Psalm 91:1 

Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings… ~ Psalm 17:8

Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. ~ Psalm 63:7

Can you imagine yourself “under the shadow of the Almighty” or under His wings?! Oh, what a safe, warm, loving place to be! The truth is that when we abide in Jesus, He will abide in us (John 15:4), which means that we dwell in a safe, warm, and loving place—Him!

Through His abiding Holy Spirit, He instructs, comforts, and guides us, so that even though we live in this world and are hindered by it, we can still fellowship with Him. He keeps the shadows of the world from dimming our sight of and love for Jesus.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the insight into how the world can cast its shadows on us and momentarily dim who You are. Thank You, too, for the knowledge that in abiding in Jesus and He in us, those shadows will not keep us from having fellowship with You. Help us to remain in Jesus, and remember how much You and He love us; in Jesus’ mighty and precious name, amen.

*1 John 3:2:  Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

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