“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
Although there are many reasons why Southern California has the reputation of being one of the most coveted places to live, there is one thing we have that gives us a bad reputation - the smog. Smog is the haze we see when we look out across the horizon due to the abundance of pollutants in the air. In Orange County, one of the best ways we can tell how bad the smog is on a certain day is by how well we can see Catalina, an island 30 miles offshore. When the smog is really bad we can barely see it, but when there is hardly any smog we can see it so well we can make out the details of the landscape.
Whenever the air is really clean you will always hear people say, “Catalina looks so close.” Of course Catalina is no closer to us on a clean day than on a smoggy day, but it seems like it because there are less pollutants in the air blocking our view.
God has promised us He will never leave nor forsake us. We have certainly all experienced days where it felt like He was far away. We wonder where He is and why He isn’t revealing Himself to us. Maybe we start condemning ourselves thinking our sin has caused Him to leave, or maybe we start getting angry with Him because we don’t feel we deserve whatever we’re going through.
Jesus tells us in the beatitude above that we will see God when we are pure in heart. That doesn’t necessarily mean our situation will get better, only that we’ll know God is there and we’re not alone. If we’re having a difficult time seeing God working in our lives today, it’s likely because of impurity in our heart. To help clear the air so that we can see God once again, we should all join with David in praying, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”
Join us Sunday as we discover the abundant blessing of being “Pure in Heart”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!