Encouragement for your daily walk with God
When I was a kid, we sang an old hymn, Oh, I Want to See Him. The refrain went like this:
Oh, I want to see Him
Look upon His face
There to sing forever
Of His saving grace
On the streets of glory
Let me lift my voice
Cares all past
Home at last
Ever to rejoice
It will be a great day when we see God “face to face.” There are times I wish it could happen now, while I’m living, but it is not to be. For one thing, His dazzling glory is too bright for our present fallen state and we could not bear the sight of Him. Even if the veil covering our view of Him were to be lifted for a nanosecond, we would perish instantly.
But one day — not in a dream or vision — we will see Him. That’s a promise. And when we do, there will be no fear of being consumed. Our “Oh, I want to see Him” will be fulfilled!
Scholars call that the “Beatific Vision.” Remember the Beatitudes of Jesus? One of them was, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” [Matthew 5.8]. Undoubtedly, in heaven we will be pure in heart. Undoubtedly, we will see God.
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 1-3