Reading: Psalm 17: 1-7 and 15
Verse 15: And I, in righteousness, will see your face.
The psalmist is confident that he will see God. In his cry for an answer to his prayer there is evidence of a relationship that has been established that leads him to really believe that God will answer. In a similar way, the psalmist believes that the faithful life he has led will allow him to see God. In verse fifteen he writes, “And I, in righteousness, will see your face”.
As we live out our lives as Christians, we hope one day to see God face to face as well. This influences how we live our daily lives. We seek to be righteous in our living, but we are not always as holy and righteous as we would like to be. This is one of the reasons that God sent Jesus. Ultimately, Jesus came to die for our sins. He also came to be an example. In Jesus, we see God in the flesh. We see God’s love embodied in the life and ministry of Jesus. As we read the Bible and allow it to become part of our living, we begin to see God face to face.
We also have the opportunity to see God in each other. As we go about our daily lives, there are moments where we can be the words and hands and feet of Jesus to another. In these moments, they can come face to face with God and His love through us. And sometimes we are the ones blessed to see the face of God. Sometimes, when we are giving of ourselves and being a good follower of Jesus Christ, suddenly we see God in the face of the one we are talking with or serving. We experience what it means when Jesus said, “Whenever you do this for one of the least of these…”
Yes, one day we hope to literally see God face to face. But until then, may we see God in the Word and in the living out of our faith, as we seek to daily show God’s love to others.