”We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist… But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright …” (Corinthians 13:12a) The Message
I’ve heard not a few of those who are moving forward in God say – ‘we’re moving as if in a ‘fog’. Like Abraham not really knowing where he would end up! But you would say the scripture for today is speaking of knowing God and being known by God. How else do we know Him, except that we move forward according to the guidance and leading of the One we cannot see and do not fully know?
This is what Paul is talking about, seeing and knowing God, which way is He going, what does He look like, where is He leading us? All very logical and valid questions, but this word from Paul comes at the end of the supremacy of the Love chapter, and I believe giving us an inkling of the answer. John said if you don’t know God, you don’t know Love and if you don’t love, you don’t know God. (1 John 4:7-8) Yet Paul said we only see dimly, like squinting in a fog. Perhaps we had better look more closely into this mirror as Paul called it and dig for the treasure of Divine wisdom. Paul continues with, “But for right now, we have three things to do to lead us…” (v. 14)
- Trust steadily in God! That means quit listening to all the voices around you and get close to God through prayer, solitude, meditation, fasting, simplicity and worship, to name a few.
- Hope unswervingly! Be single eyed and finely focused with your hope, let nothing or nobody draw you off course do not put your trust in man.
- Love extravagantly! This is not the love of humankind, but Agape Love. Love that knows no limits has no admixture of human feelings or manipulative strings. Love in action, looking for no returns.
”Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does.” (1 Corinthians 14:1) So we are to conclude if the goal is to know Him then the goal is to know love at its extreme. The way ahead is made clearer by greater love. To know this love is to know God and to know God is to know all power!
Further Reading: 1 Corinthians 13 ~ 1 John 3:11-24