Many don’t believe in God or His existence because they haven’t seen Him. They want to see Him with their physical eyes and touch Him with their hands. Even some Christians are also serving Him blindly. They serve Him as someone worshipping the ‘UNKNOWN GOD’(Acts 17:23).They haven’t come to the level of personal conviction of His existence.
God is not asking for people to see Him before they believe in Him. In fact, He actually said no man will see Him and live. The glory of God is the revelation of God- Seeing His Glory is Seeing Him. His glory is His creations and the manifestation of His power, i.e Miracles. Like every man’s desire, Moses also demanded to see God. Throughout history, Moses was the only person that came closer to seeing God and he was not allowed to see beyond His Body parts. God actually covered his face otherwise he would have been a dead man.
But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Exodus 33:20(NIV)
In order to answer the questions that is on every man’s lips, the question of, ‘ how does God look like?’. That is why God sent Jesus to reveal the nature and character of Him. Jesus is the perfect image of God. To study the life and ministry of Jesus is to know the real personality of God. So if you want to see God study the life of Jesus.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, Col 1:15(NLT)
As for me, the study of Jesus way of life is enough for me to believe in the existence of God. I don’t need to see God physically. I have many testimonies in my life, family and people around me for validation. You know what, ‘I have met a lot of people face to face in my life, some have been nice while some have been not-so-nice. Believe me, I’m drawn more to people with character, and not how they look like’. What value is someone with a pretty face, but with nasty character. Jesus has shown us the way and nature of God and I’m satisfied with it. I don’t need to see God face to face-I will see Him when I get to heaven!
Jesus replied, “Philip, I have been with you all this time, and still you do not know Me? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Of course, God can choose to relate to us in a physical way so as to strengthen our faith. But this may not be everyone’s experience. For example, in order to make His existence real, Jesus was revealed to Saul of Tarsus. A dramatic experience that changed his life forever. Even on this occasion it was only SAUL that saw Him in the midst of the crowd. Likewise, when Gideon and Thomas needed physical means to believe God, they were both responded to.
So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” John 20:25 (NIV)
God is a Spirit. We are spirit, soul and body. We can only genuinely connect with Him in our spirits. It must first and foremost be with our spirits. The soul and body will follow after. Therefore, our spiritual connection with God can only be by FAITH, which happens through our spirits. But the sin of Adam being the first man has corrupted the whole mankind spirits. But when a man give his life to JESUS CHRIST, his spirit will be renewed. When that happened, then your spirit shall be in the right condition to connect to GOD, and there and then, He would be able to relate with you. If you have a genuine relationship with God by faith, you can never doubt His existence.
The world we live have made us to believe many things even though we don’t see those things physically. Particularly in the area of science. Things such as; Oxygen, winds, gravity, evolution, e.t.c. The likes of Oxygen, Winds and Gravity even though, can’t be seen with our physical eyes, but the effects of their manifestations can be seen by all. The same with God. The creations and the power of God is so evident in our time enough for us to believe that there is an intelligent being behind all these. That intelligent being is GOD !
The wind blows where it wants to. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. That’s the way it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 (ISV)
TO BELIEVE IS TO SEE
The order is not ”’SEE and BELIEVE” but rather ”BELIEVE AND SEE”. If God does not show up to you, you show up to HIM. When you relate to Him in faith and love, you can be sure that He will make Himself more evident in your life. The testimonies and your experience of change of character and attitude will not only confirm His supernatural power to you but also to those people around you.
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40(NIV)
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