1 Corinthians 13 : 9-10
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes,
the imperfect disappears.”
“Why should we seek if we only know in part right now?
Why pursue the depths of God that we may not be able to ever know?”
In my teenage years, I had lots of questions about God. I sought after any religious people in my life to answer all of the questions that were swirling around in my head. I found myself talking to a God, but did not have any background or understanding for who He is.
Wanting to know in all certainty that I was on the right track, I researched different religions and even went to several non-christian/Christian religious meetings with people. If I was going to say that I would live and die for this “God”, I wanted to be sure I was making the right commitment.
In my search, God slowly revealed Himself to me. I continued to study the characteristics of gods in different religions and only one stuck out as true - the God of Jacob and Moses - Jesus, the God of the Bible. I found Him and my thirst for Him abounded even greater. I didn’t want to stop discovering new things about Him!
The Bible revealed answers to many of my questions, but there were some answers I could not find. Why would an all-powerful, all-knowing God want to have a personal relationship with me, yet hold back details about Himself and the future?
I wanted to know things that I couldn’t find in the Scriptures. When I couldn’t find the answers to every single question, I became frustrated.
One day, I asked a mentor one of these seemingly unanswerable questions. I was researching Heaven at the time, trying to understand the vague picture of what it is like. He saw my frustration and actually agreed that I was not going to find every last detail.
He shared story with me that day.
What is being with God after death really like?
A mother was pregnant with her first child. Her belly rounded out as she awaited the blessed birth. She whispered sweet “I love yous” to her child waiting inside of her. As the mother spoke to the child, she excitedly told the babe of the ocean.
The child did not understand what an ocean could be like and began to ask the mother questions.
“What is an ocean, mother?”
She replied, “The ocean is beautiful and wet.”
The baby, still not understanding, inquired again, “Wet? Like this stuff I’m swimming in?” Why would the mother want the baby to see something like that?
“No, my child, the ocean is wet but it is so big that you can’t see the end of it as you stare in the distance. It is a beautiful blue and the sun sparkles on the water.”
“The sun? What is that?”
The mother goes on to explain the warmth of the sun, the silver reflections of the light and the joy that it brings her as she sinks her toes into the sand.
The unborn child knows her mother’s voice and the inside of her belly, but does not recognize her mother’s face, the ocean or the sun. The baby, in its lack of knowledge, cannot comprehend in fullness all that the mother is expressing to her child.
This too, is like our eternity with God. I can tell you what the Father has revealed to me. But I, in my humanness, can only comprehend a fraction of what I have been told by my Father. When I am birthed into death with Him, the imperfect pieces of the puzzle will disappear as perfection comes through Him.
So, why should we seek if we only know in part right now? Why pursue the depths of God that we may not be able to ever know?
Because the God of the Bible wants us to recognize His voice and one day recognize His face when we see Him. He wants to celebrate with us as family now, just as a loving mother wants to celebrate her pregnancy as her child grows.
2nd Corinthians 6:1-3 reminds us, “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”
Lord, may I seek You with my whole heart. I do not comprehend every detail of Your existence but I will continue to testify to the God You have revealed Yourself to be through the Scriptures and to me personally. I recognize that the more time I spend with You, the more I will be able to rest upon You and Your truths. I place my faith and trust in You. Amen.”
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