READ : Matthew 5:8
Modern people, if they think about God at all, tend to view him as a sort of absentee landlord, with the world as his apartment building. He doesn’t trouble himself with day-to-day operations or get personally involved in making repairs. He leaves all that up to the tenants. In fact, he doesn’t even collect rent any more. We never see him at all.
It never dawns on us that the problem may be with us, not with God. Jesus said if we want to know God, something has to change in us. “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” The reason everyone doesn’t know and see God is not because he isn’t there or because it’s no longer possible for modern people to believe in him. It’s because our hearts are not pure. If we want to live in the presence of God some day, if we want to know him even here and now, we need to change and become pure within.
Would you like to be changed in this way? It isn’t easy. Well, in one sense it is. All you have to do is put your faith in Jesus Christ, giving as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of him.
But that’s only the beginning. Your heart must actually be purified by the power of God’s Spirit, and more often than not, the way of refining is by the fire of testing, suffering, and loss. But in the end, you will see God. And what you see is also what you get!
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Amen.