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Think on this for a minute. What if you could see God in all His glory and truth? How awesome would that be? If something blocked your view of any part of Him, would you not despise the obstruction and want it removed?

Is this in you right now, today? Do you hunger to see and know God more? Do you desire to fully align your understanding with His truth? (Psalm 25:5) I hope so. I pray it’s in you, for it suits the soul that has been made new in Christ.

Work towards knowing God more every day as much as possible while on this earth. (Colossians 1:10) Pray for your sight to increase. Know Him in Jesus Christ, for He is the image of the invisible God. (Colossians 1:15) He is the exact representation of His nature. (Hebrews 1:3) Study our Lord. Grow in your knowledge of Him. (2 Peter 3:18) Love His words. Let them dwell deeply in you. (Colossians 3:16) And be useful and fruitful in the true knowledge of Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8) Act on what you have learned.

We can’t physically see God, but we do have the Bible. Inspired by Him and profitable for much (2 Timothy 3:16-17), it’s greatest worth is that it reveals Him to us. With each turn of the page, we better grasp His attributes and ways.

Independent, Infinite, Immutable, Sovereign, All Knowing, Holy, Wise, Loving, Righteous, Just, Merciful, Forgiving …

God’s creation, the natural world in all its wonder, also reveals things about Him (Romans 1:20), but the Bible reveals more. It is special revelation, so that we may know Him specifically and know the way of salvation. We must spend time in it for our spiritual well-being and sanctification. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Is there any part of the Scriptures that you have not read yet, a book or more unopened? If so, keep going! Don’t deprive yourself of even one word. How blessed you are that you get to learn more by reading those yet unseen, inspired words! Such joy to come! I pray you deeply feel the worth of it. If you have read every word, read it again and again. It will always continue to enlighten. If you have stopped reading it for a while because of busyness or any other reason, come back. You will find much needed refreshment, nourishment, and correction.

Let’s always honor God’s word rightly as the standard of truth, (John 17:17) submitting our beliefs and all claims of truth about God to it. May we never be so arrogant as to hold our feelings, reason, or imaginations in more esteem than God’s word. We are not the arbiters of truth. We are not the Potter and must not create God as we think He must be or see Him or His decrees only as we want to see them. We must humbly submit to who He really is as revealed in the Bible.

Let’s read God’s word in its most accurate forms, so we can see Him and His special revelation correctly. Why accept or settle for versions that move away from that? Why dull the sword? We need the cutting it can do. (Hebrews 4:12) Let’s cherish and obey it. It contains the commands of God. Be doers of the word, not just hearers. (James 1:22)

Let’s test our Bible teachers and make sure they have the highest level of faithfulness to the Bible. Let’s make sure they don’t block out the truth. If they did, that would be a tragic loss. Beware of the false teachers in the world. Don’t make it easy for them to obstruct your view of God by not even testing their teachings. Test them to see if what they say is true actually is true according to the Bible. God help them if they lead you astray. God help you if you let them. Beware of those who twist or distort the Scriptures. (2 Peter 3:16) Avoid that snare. How do you that? Thankfully, it’s not too hard. Peter tells us the way in the next two verses: “You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:17-18) Growing in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is our protection, responsibility, and delight.

Let not family, friend, or foe obstruct your efforts. Love them? Yes! Relinquish your zeal for growing in the knowledge of God or your obedience to His word for them or because of them? Please, no. Instead, do the greatest thing you can do for them: prayerfully, lovingly, humbly, be a light and share your knowledge of God with them.

Aided by the Holy Spirit and instructed by the word of God, let’s work hard to see God as clearly as we can, until that glorious day when we do see Him face to face. (Revelation 22:4)

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:2-3

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