Do You See It?
". . . I see men, . . . like trees, . . ." Mark 8:24
If one thing is certain, it is faith is a process.
Our understanding of God is progressive. The story of God takes on a journey to clarity. The Bible is the story of the progressive revelation of God. There is a vast difference between the beginning insight we have in Genesis, and the full revelation given with the incarnation of Jesus.
Throughout the history of redemption, the prophets saw God in fragments, always looking ahead to a more complete revelation. As we read, the record is an extension of the writer’s thoughts and its progress, of thought and mind, faith and devotion. The revelation of God grew from Creator and Sustainer of the universe, to One who is reachable, knowable and lovable, until we behold Him in the face of Jesus Christ.
Spiritual vision is progressive. Upon salvation, we do not see everything clearly. The height, the depth, the length, and the breadth of God’s life is not fully comprehended. We are called to press on and press in, that we may take hold of what has taken ahold of us in Jesus Christ.
The disciples grew in grace and knowledge. Peter, in passion and devotion, had risen to follow Jesus, but in order to gain deeper insight into who Jesus was, had to face his anger and fear, giving birth to his confession of being redeemed by the blood of Christ. James and John had left their family business to follow Jesus, but they also wanted to call down fire on the Samaritans, they had to grow and progress into a greater understanding in loving others.
The result of our discipleship in Jesus is found in our personal confession – we should be living examples of progressing in the faith. When I started this journey, my vision of the cross was imperfect, but as years roll by, it becomes clearer and clearer. The more I study God’s word, the richer my understanding of my identity in Christ. Prayerful reading, steady devotion, have helped to a deeper understanding of Christ’s death and resurrection. I'm seeing the glory and the mercy of the cross today, that were unknown to me years ago.
Don't be disheartened if there are still unanswered questions, or depths you do not yet know. Everything does not become clear at once. Christ lets us see things as we are able to bear them. Things will become clear as we continue to patiently sit at Christ’s feet. The Spirit will reveal Christ.
Read 1 Corinthians 13:12, ask Him to lead you to more of Him.