Daily Devotional 9-11-19

Perfect Clarity
By Julie White
“Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete…but when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless…For now we see in a mirror dimly, 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.” 1 Corinthians 13: 9-10, 12
In Paul’s day, the city of Corinth was a famous manufacturing center for mirrors. State-of-the-art mirrors were made of buffed metal, silver, or brass. By gazing intently into the polished metal, the viewer could have a general, yet vague impression of reality. But, when you look at someone’s reflection and then you see that person face to face, there is no comparison. The reflection is, at best, a shadow of the full-blooded reality.
When Paul wrote of “full understanding,” he was referring to when we will see Christ face to face. In eternity, we will be made perfect and complete in the very presence of God. Then, we will have full understanding of one another as unique expressions of God’s infinite creativity.
The word Paul used for dimly is the Greek word for puzzle, or enigma. That’s what life is like, Paul was saying, even for a Christian. It’s a mystery. We are catching only the merest glimpse of the full eternal reality in Christ. We find ourselves here on earth, peering into an imperfect mirror trying to make sense of it all. We come with our gratefulness and our sorrow, our yearnings and our questions, and we gaze, gaze, gaze, wanting so much to see the full picture. But it seems that God allows us only a glimpse; enough to bring comfort and encouragement in order to keep on going.
What heart-cries still remain unsatisfied for you? What questions still remain unanswered? What yearnings remain unfulfilled? Remember that this life is only a dim reflection of the true reality yet to be revealed. Bring your desires, questions, and yearnings to Jesus. Let His Word shed light and meaning on your heart-thoughts and rest in the fact that God knows you completely and sees your best interest with perfect clarity.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to gaze upon You this day, for You hold the answers. You fulfill each longing and You are my satisfaction. Help me to see You clearly.