I CORINTHIANS 13:11-13: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: What do I really know? It is funny how this question changes through the different stages of our lives. When I was a child I wanted to learn new things. I recognized how much I did not know. As I became a young man I went through stages where I thought I knew things better than those who were older than me. And now, as the years ahead of me are less than those behind me, I realize again how much I really do not know, and how much I really need to learn.
The more I study the Bible, the more I pray, and the more I grow in knowledge – the bigger God gets. I realize each day, each page of the Bible that I turn, that I truly only see in a mirror dimly. My limited perspective can either drive me to pride and a critical spirit, or it can draw me to humility and a generous spirit. My prayer is that I am continually drawn to humility. The unanswered questions that I have in my heart will one day be answered when I stand before my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and see Him face to face. The things that I only know in part – I will fully know. Until that day, I need to give up childish pride and childish insecurity. I need to seek the Lord with a humble and open heart.
The promise to know the Lord is given to every believer. It is a promise that we receive through faith, it develops hope, and it grows in love. It is a promise that we are to pursue with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. As surely as He fully knows us – we will have the wonderful privilege of fully knowing Him. All of our misunderstandings will be washed away in His presence. All of our weaknesses and inadequacies will be healed in His love. We will see Him fully because His great work of Grace will be fulfilled in our lives. We will be fully restored to our original creative purpose and intent. He will be our God and we will be His people. What a wonderful promise! What a wonderful hope!
What do we do until that day? The prophet Micah gives us some sound words in this regard – “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 ESV) Justice – the just shall live by Faith. Kindness – the fruit of those who walk in the Hope of Eternal Life. Humility – the position of those who are being transformed by Love. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13:13 NKJV)
Lord, help me to walk in Faith as I grow in knowledge. Lord, help me to grown in kindness as I abide in Hope. Lord, help me to walk in humility as I am transformed by Your Love. I surrender all that I do not know to You in full assurance that I will one day stand before You and see You face to face. In Jesus Name!