Summary: To see God is not necessarily seeing God in heaven, but it’s seeing God here and now. The pure in heart will see God in everything. Not just in nature, but also in their circumstances, good and bad, in their family, church, school
Intro: “Earth is crammed with heaven, and every bush aflame with God, but only those who see take off their shoes.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How can anyone look at our world and believe this all happened by chance? With just a glance at the animal kingdom and I see overwhelming evidence of design. Take the polar bear for instance. A polar bear that is tranquilized trapped, and released 300 miles away can usually find its way home. Even across drift ice that changes constantly and holds no landmarks and few odors. For years it puzzled researchers that polar bears never showed up on the aerial infrared photographs used in animal censuses. Yet both species showed up very dark on ultraviolet photographs, even though white objects normally reflect, rather than absorb, ultraviolet light rays. In 1978 a U.S. Army researcher discovered the reason. Polar bear hairs are not white at all, but transparent. Under a scanning electron microscope they appear as hollow tubes, without pigment. They act like tiny fiber-optic tubes, trapping the warming ultraviolet rays and funneling them to the bear’s body. At the same time the fur provides such efficient insulation that the bears outer temperature stays virtually the same as the surrounding ice which explains why bears do not show up on infrared photos.
Transition: To see God is not necessarily seeing God in heaven, but it’s seeing God here and now. The pure in heart will see God in everything. Not just in nature, but also in their circumstances, good and bad, in their family, church, school, job and the list could go on forever.
Let us look to God’s Word to learn of our hearts condition.
9The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
We cannot even understand our own heart; it takes the power of God to reveal the truth of our heart condition.
10"I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."
Sin, regardless of how large or small can get into our heart and slowly eat away at our spiritual life. All the while our outside life may seam healthy, but our inner spiritual life is rotting away.
Illustration: SLOW DEGRESSION - After a violent storm one night, a large tree, which over the years had become a stately giant, was found lying across the pathway in a park. Nothing but a splintered stump was left. Closer examination showed that is was rotten at the core because thousands of tiny insects had eaten away at its heart. The weakness of that tree was not brought on by the sudden storm; it began the very moment the first insect nested within its bark. With the Holy Spirit’s help, let’s be very careful to guard our purity. Our Daily Bread
The question of mankind has always been the same – what do I have to do for my heart to be right with God? It’s human nature to feel that we must do some type of work or deed to earn God’s pleasure. One day the crowds came to Jesus and asked Him point blank, without beating around the bush, what they HAD to do to please God.