I CORINTHIANS 13:12-13: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. But now these three remain— faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.” TLV
OBSERVATION: How do I deal with the unknown? It doesn’t matter how old I am, the unknown is always standing before me. As Paul writes in his wonderful treatise on love, I see in a mirror dimly at best. In this life, I know only a small part of what will be known. I have God’s Word as my guide, but there lies before me so much more that I cannot see or understand.
There are two questions that arise as I think upon this truth. The first is – How does this make me feel? The second is – How do I live in light of this fact? One takes a honest reckoning, the other a bold assertion of faith.
How does this make me feel? Honestly, not very excited at all. It seems that life is one continual challenge after another as we try to understand God’s will for our lives. With each accomplishment in life, we are faced with another challenge. We never quite have it all under control. There always remains that which is unattainable, that which is just out of reach, and that which we just don’t know. The more answers we find, the more questions we discover. It is truly a humbling realization.
So, do we simply live our life in an attitude and position of discouragement and defeat? Absolutely not! We have been given a hope that transcends our current battle. It is the hope of finally knowing, finally understanding, finally seeing what we are now unable to see. It is the hope of meeting Jesus face to face. Paul declares that at that moment, all the questions of life will be answered!
- “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
The transcendent knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, on that day, will meet our finite understanding. Now, even though I know in part, I will know fully, even as I have been fully known by God. God is willing to share with me the abundance of His wisdom and understanding. We are all experiencing it in a degree in this life, but we will enter into His fullness on the wonderful day we meet Him face to face. All of the questions of this life will be answered. All of the things that we do not understand will be made clear in Him. What a glorious day that will be!
So how does that hope impact my present? It still doesn’t answer all the questions I have right now. And if I am both intellectually and Scripturally honest, I must embrace this fact. A red flag should immediately pop up when you meet someone who has an answer for everything. Some things in this life are meant for God alone. The revealed things are meant for His children!
- “The secret things belong to ADONAI our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever—in order to do all the words of this Torah.” Deuteronomy 29:28 TLV
Paul tells us how this impacts our life right now, as he writes,
- “But now these three remain— faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”
FAITH directs our hearts to trust the one whose “…ways are not our ways…”, and whose “…thoughts are not our thoughts.” HOPE keeps our heart focused on the ultimate fulfillment of all the promises of God through Jesus Christ. LOVE keeps our hearts from growing cold, discouraged, or self-serving, by drawing us ever closer to the Lord, and ever closer to one another in Christ.
In all the times of disillusionment and discouragement that we may face, we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us! We will see Him face to face! We will finally know fully all the mysteries and plans the Lord has held in His hands for our life. In a twinkling of an eye – it will all make sense. Until then we abide in Faith, Hope, and Love.
And the greatest of these is Love!
In Jesus Name!