Is It Possible To See God?
Scripture: “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” – John 14:21
Many people struggle with believing in God because they cannot see and talk to Him in a conversation like you would have with another person. And this perspective certainly makes sense when we limit our thinking to only consider the physical senses. But I can’t help buy ask myself, would I want to just talk to another person, when I can talk to the One who formed persons from the dirt of the ground? I don’t want just another person on my side who is limited as all other men and women are limited in the physical. I want a God who can do all things, move all things, make all things, be all things, at all times and in all places. If I want earthly results, I would ask an earthly advisor. But if I want supernatural results, I need to work with a supernatural advisor.
It’s not uncommon at all for us to want to see God. In fact, I find that I often pray for God to reveal himself to me. But that’s because I am in relationship with Him. When we are in a relationship with someone, it is completely natural and desirable to want to see and be with them. And the more that I grow in relationship with God our Father, the more I too want to see him while I am still walking the face of this earth. I want to experience God on earth as in heaven. And so I pray often for God to reveal himself to me, that I might experience His tangible Presence here and now.
So the question that I have wrestled with time and time again is, does God reveal himself to us as we might want him to? And in John 14:21 I think we get a pretty clear answer. Jesus says that those who truly love him will keep his commands, and obey his teaching. And these people who love Jesus “will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” For those who love and obey God, the scripture continues saying that God will “come to them and make our home with them.” Praise God.
So God will come to us, and reveal Himself to us, and make a home with us, if we first love him with all of our heart, all of our mind, and all of our strength, and are obedient to His Will. How does He do this? God’s ways are not our ways, and there are probably ways that we are not aware. But scripture does tell us that Jesus said, And I will ask my Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.” – (John 14:16). What Jesus refers to as our advocate, the “Spirit of truth”, and the “Holy Spirit”, Jesus promises that God will send us is Jesus name. Jesus also tells us that this spirit “will teach you in all things” – (John 14:26).
So we can be confident that God is with us, and reveals himself to us through the power of our Advocate, the Holy Spirit. But while we might want to look for signs in the physical, remember that our God is a supernatural God. And if we want supernatural results, from our supernatural advisor, we might want to consider looking for our answer not as much in the physical sense as in the supernatural sense.
Jesus says, “I do not give to you as the world gives.” – (John 14:27). This verse has me thinking that maybe if we aren’t seeing God, that we might not be looking in the right place. Are we looking for God in the form of physical or material things. Or are we looking for God in the form of every day blessings that we receive from God in the form of love, wisdom, peace, comfort, joy, courage, and restoration – spiritual, physical, relational, emotional, or otherwise? Or is it simply the fact that God’s miracles often manifest but we don’t see the result because it takes a while for the miracle of the seed that was planted to grow? Are we getting discouraged because it is not happening on the time frame that we want?
Knowing that the supernatural is not natural for us to see, I find myself looking harder. And looking harder, combined with prayer and meditation in the Word, has been tremendously helpful for me in recognizing God at work in my life. I don’t claim to have the answers, but I can share what has worked for me. Does God reveal himself to us? I believe he does, absolutely 100%. Do I think that he reveals himself to everyone? I believe that He can and will if we seek him. Remember, the key to God’s supernatural revelation starts with loving the Lord our God fully, and doing all that we can to live a life worthy of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Lord by being obedient to his Will.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word this morning, Thank you for such a great night of rest and rejuvenation. Thank you for revealing the yourself to us daily, though your Holy Spirit. Help us to be close to you Lord, so close that we we hear you loud and clear. Help us to be obedient to your direction, and to live our lives worthy of your sacrifice. We seek you first Lord, and ask for your mercy. Forgive all of our sins and weaknesses, seen and unseen. No one knows me like You Lord. Come to us and make a home with us, as you promised. Let your Holy Spirit flow in and through us, as you promised, through your Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to walk in your goodness, full of love and light all throughout the day. We give you all the honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
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