Blurred Vision

“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.”—1 Corinthians 13:12 (NLT)
When it comes to shaving your face, dermatological research says the best time to do so is after a shower. The steam causes your pores to relax and skin to soften, which allows you to receive the closest shave with minimum irritation. I’ve actually known this for a while. However, I rarely follow this advice. You see, I have a well-groomed beard that requires precision and a careful eye, and a steamy mirror is definitely not ideal. Why? Because it’s foggy and hard to see. Chances are much higher that I will mess up and need to shave it all off. Nobody wants that!
Did you know that in this world, in this present life, we are basically only seeing, understanding, and experiencing the glory, grace, beauty, goodness, presence, and magnificence of the Lord Jesus and the things of God through a foggy mirror? Because of the fallen state of this dying world, our vision is obscured (ainigmati) as if there was a film or veil over our eyes. And guess what? For as long as we live here on earth, that won’t completely change.
Don’t get me wrong, as we walk with the Lord and seek Him intimately, the mirror will get a little less foggy. As our relationship with Christ grows and blossoms in our heart, as we spend more and more time with Him in prayer and devotion, His light will shine a little more brightly and sharpen our view of Him, but it will never be clear . . . until we get to heaven!
In the verses leading up to this, Paul states that we only “know in part.” You see, our knowledge and sight of God is incomplete. We have not yet fully experienced His glory and power (Philippians 3:12). “But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part shall be done away” (1 Corinthains13:10 NKJV).
When the day of the Lord comes, we will see vibrantly, clearly, perfectly! And Paul compares it to one’s growth from childhood to adulthood (1 Corinthians 13:11). As a child, you understood much less and processed at a different level than as an adult. The same is true of our relationship with Christ, our understanding of Him, and our ability to behold His glory.
DIG: Have you ever had trouble seeing something clearly? What did it feel like?
DISCOVER: What are your expectations for heaven? What do you think it will be like?
DISPLAY: Spend time reflecting on what it will be like when you get to heaven.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.