Monday I asked God if He would show me something new for you. And was drawn once again to receiving from Him — for me — and not for teaching. Abide. That is my main motivation in this season. I asked God to show me more of Himself. Lately, that’s my whole prayer. Yes, I care about how I can serve others but I just want to know God more intimately.

Then today, I received something for myself that I sensed I should send you as well.

I was reading I Corinthians 13. It’s tempting to read quickly or gloss over a chapter I’m familiar with. Have you ever meditated on this verse?

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. I Cor 13:12

Look at the verse again — specifically, look for the “now” and “then” words:

NOW we see in a mirror dimly
NOW I know in part

THEN face to face
THEN I shall know fully

God began to show me that right now I only see things dimly. When we see ourselves through that lens it’s like looking at a photo of ourselves. It isn’t the same as seeing someone in person. But one day we will find ourselves face to face with almighty God and see ourselves as He sees us.

In the same way, we only know things in part. We don’t know the whole story of what God has done, is doing, or will do. But when He returns we will know everything! Just like God knows everything about us. To be fully known isn’t just facts but it’s about being seen and understood.

What a glorious hope we have in Jesus!

I look forward to the day that I can look in God’s eyes and see the perfect reflection of who I am in Christ. Not see me as others see me. Not see my imperfections like in a mirror.

I look forward to the day I know and have clarity. Not to be confused because I don’t understand what the trial is about or the reason for a delay in my prayer.  

Jill, God sees you and your circumstances so differently than you do. And He is inviting you to see and know like HIM!

We need to remember what we are going through right now and how we see our circumstances (or ourselves) is most likely wrong. God knows we are limited and isn’t disappointed in us. However, we do have the opportunity to meet with Him and ask to see as He does. We can meet with Him face to face. We can ask to have a revelation and know His heart fully. The fullness comes in eternity but we can ask for more right now!

I feel like there is a special grace upon our lives in this season to receive from Him. Like God really, really, really wants to show you what is on His heart. He wants to show you how He has always fully known who you are. That truth brings comfort, confidence, and clarity.

Let’s pray:

Lord, I am so grateful you know me even better than I know myself. I accept the invitation to boldly enter into your gates with thanksgiving and your courts with praise.

I thank you for loving me and seeing me through the sacrifice of Jesus. As a perfect bride, you celebrate me and know me full well. You know my innermost being. You chose me before the creation of the world. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. You made a way for me to enter your presence. You bless me with spiritual blessings. You gave me the gift of your Holy Spirit to lead and guide me.

I ask Lord, that you show me how you see me. Tell me what you love about me. Reveal how you’ve protected me. How are you providing for me right now? Who do you want to be for me today? What mysteries in the Spirit do you want to disclose? If I were to look into your eyes what would I see? What do I not know about you? How do you want to reveal yourself to me today? Give me more of you, God.

I know there are some things I won’t see or know until You return … but your word (James 1:5)  says you give wisdom generously to all who ask. So I ask you now Lord … give me the wisdom to know who You are and who I am in You.

I want to meet with you face to face as you did with Moses in Exodus 33:11. I want to be pure in heart so I may see you as Jesus said in Matthew 5:8. I want to be in Your presence and experience your love in greater ways today.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Much love,
Jill

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