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Devotional - week of August 20, 2006


pure heart, clear vision

 

… Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.  Matthew 5:8

 

Those who see God are blessed. They are happy. But how does one see God? Moses is a good example of what it means to see God. Moses saw God who cannot be seen with the physical eye. He had a clear vision of God in his heart. He had plenty of evidence that he had seen God. He saw God at the burning bush and during the ten plagues—just to mention a few of his experiences.

 

By faith he [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.     Hebrews 11:27

 

The life of Moses indicates that seeing God gives a person an assurance of His existence, of His blessings, and of His leadership in life. It is possible for someone to have these assurances without visually seeing God. In order to have a clear vision of God, a person must have a pure heart.

 

Who are the pure in heart? Our first thought is that the pure in heart are those who have repented of their sins and have been forgiven. They are pure and clean in heart.

 

In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John gives two excellent illustrations that a pure heart is a clean heart. In one illustration he describes the heavenly Jerusalem as being pure as glass and in the second illustration he says that its river is as pure as clear crystal. In a third illustration, John describes the streets of the city as being pure gold that is as transparent as glass. Pure gold is gold without any admixture of metal. A pure heart, then, is both a clean heart and a heart available only to God.

 

Consider the believer who genuinely repents and confesses his sins to God and fully yields himself to God. At that moment his heart becomes pure. But, in some cases, even before the day is over, he takes back control of his life. For a period of time he was pure in heart and able to see God and was blessed. But just a few hours of seeing God and being blessed by Him are not enough to satisfy an aching heart or to get a satisfying heart-vision of God. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters.”

 

The only way one can continually have a pure heart is by constantly experiencing his union with Christ.