"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
An example of coram Deo living is the three dimensional pictures that were so popular some time ago. In order to see the picture you had to shift your focus. Living coram Deo is akin to that kind of focus shift. In order to keep on “seeing” the face of God, we have to maintain that unnatural focus shift. Once we lose our spiritual focus on the unseen reality of Christ in us, we begin living by our own natural understanding. To the degree that it is natural for us to focus on the apparent, it is just as unnatural to remain centered on the obscure. Living before the face of the invisible God is simply indefinable and contrary to our nature.
Another example is this: imagine if when Jesus ascended into heaven that instead of sending the invisible Holy Spirit to dwell in us as His equal substitute, He sent the Holy Spirit as a perceptible vision of His face. Imagine a visual prompt just a few feet from our face no matter which way we looked reminding us that Jesus now inhabits our bodies! Continue imagining, however, if we brought something else even closer to our eyes and became preoccupied with it; His face would immediately dim until it disappeared. A rift in our fellowship occurs when we set the eyes of our heart on another. Jesus does not share His bride with another or idly stand by watching our flirtations dispassionately. He will not be scorned with indifference; He loves us too much! Once we realize His face (Presence) is missing we are to throw aside the stumbling block and, like the song says, “turn our eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” That is our coram Deo resolution. Let’s pray:
Lord, show us Your glory, show us your face. We want to stay near to Your Presence wherever we go throughout our day. We want to maintain that focus shift throughout our day. Make it so, Lord.
Adapted from the Coram Deo Secret