Seeing God: Seeing good

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. (Titus 1:15)

Whoever seeks good finds good will, but evil comes to one who searches for it. (Proverbs 11:27)

th-8The world doesn’t look the same to everybody. What you see is determined by who you are and what you look for.

What you see is a function of who you are, up to and including the fact that the pure in heart will see God. And “seeing God” is not set at some future date. The pure in heart will see God now. They will see God in the things that he has made; they will see God in the faces of those in His image; they will see God in the good that people try to do; they will see God in the love that people have for one another.

The argument that the world is bad and getting worse is a popular one among Christians today. It’s a perspective that has been exploited by some churches and Christian organizations bent on using fear as a motivator for involvement, fundraising, and even political action.

It’s a powerful argument because it’s true. The argument that the world is bad and getting worse is true because it is self-fulfilling. If that’s the way you believe the world to be, it will cooperate with you. The scripture even says that if you look for evil, evil will come to you.

But the converse is also true, that if you are looking for good, you will find that, too, and if you are pure in heart, you will be seeing God everywhere.

So which is it? Which world do you want to live in? Is it time for the Gospel of Welcome or the Gospel of Doom and Gloom?

It’s up to you and me.

Keep your heart pure and look for good, and you will find God at work in the world. Fear the worst, look for evil, and you will not only find it, it will find you.

Fearing the worst may be a good way to raise money, but it’s a rotten way to live. Be a part of change. Be a part of God’s will and work in the world. Look for God, and look for good, and be rewarded with finding both.

This is my Father’s world
He shines in all that’s fair.
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass
He speaks to me everywhere.

Postscript: Much to the delight of Los Angeles Angels fans like myself, the Oakland Athletics, who have led the Western Division of the American League all season, have gone through a major collapse in the last few weeks to where they now trail the Angels by eight games. Just a few short weeks ago, it was the other way around. In the midst of a critical 4-game series with the Angels, after the A’s had lost the first two games, their manager called a special meeting and among other things, it was reported he called their play, “pathetic.” Well, I guess his players have gone on to prove him right. So goes the power of perception.

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5 Responses to Seeing God: Seeing good

  1. On June 12, 2014, three Israeli boys on their way home from school were kidnapped and subsequently murdered by terrorists. For 18 days, while it was uncertain whether the boys were dead or alive, people from all around the world came together in love and solidarity. At the funeral of her son, Rachel Frankel expressed her gratitude while eulogizing her 16-year-old boy. She thanked the police, the army, and government for finding the bodies of the boys, something she did not take for granted.

    Then she actually said these words: “From the very first day [of this ordeal], we said to ourselves that even if this ends badly we are still the recipients of God’s benevolent blessings; we are still so very fortunate.” Rachel went on to speak of her wonderful family, friends, and nation. In the midst of the deepest pain anyone can imagine, gratitude was still on her lips.

    If Rachel Frankel can recognize her blessings in the midst of such tragedy, how much more should we recognize our many blessings. We must never take any of our blessings for granted. We must be thankful for them and acknowledge them as gifts from God.

    Think particularly about the things that we take for granted most of the time: the people around us, the time we have with our loved ones, and that we live in a country where we are free.
    Then, offer your heartfelt thanks to God.
    “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good” (Psalm 136:1).

    (excerpted from “So Very Fortunate” –

  2. Sue says:

    wow, this really speaks to me…I have been thinking quite the opposite!

  3. I’m kind of pumped up about the Catch lately. This theme, “The Gospel of Welcome” that is threaded in the postings has really resonated with my spirit. I shared some of it at a meeting last night and a lady said, “well we are a welcoming church”.
    I hesitated briefly and replied, “No, we are not. We are good at not minding who attends this church and we smile and tell them we are glad they are here, but we do nothing to include others in our lives. I have attended this church for over 5 years and have never been invited once to anyones home”.
    I explained that the gospel of welcome isn’t about not minding someone coming to our church, it is about letting people that are on the outside be a part of us personally without being a project. Someone else asked, “How are we going to get people to do that?” I said it doesn’t have to be everyone, just a few can make a difference.
    The pastor joined the Catch last night!

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