Why can’t God show himself to me unless I’m looking?

That’s a good question.  What would you like God to do?

Write a message in the sky?  Put his signature on our bodies?  Answer your questions?  Provide the healing you have asked for?  Appear in the flesh?  Raise someone from the dead?

Take your time… what would it be?  Now pretend that He did exactly that thing.

How would you know it was really from God?  How would you know if you could trust the source of the story?  If it happened to someone you trusted, would you still trust them?

Now put yourself in God’s shoes.  In every biblical example, a mere angel’s appearance brings great fear and trembling.  Just God’s speech brings the fear of death.

Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire; we have seen today that God speaks with man, yet he lives. Now then why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer, then we will die. (Deut 5:24-24)

To see God brings death.

Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you…” But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”  (Exo 33: 18-20)

To look at the solar eclipse, we must look through highly filtered means.  To see God requires significant filtering as well.  Now go back to that first question.  What was it that God could do to show himself to you.

Write a message in the sky?  We see such incredible odds presented in nature against the existence of life that scientists now hypothesize that there are an infinite number of universes.  This is the only way we could be so lucky.

Put his signature on our bodies?  Each human DNA contains ~ 500 megabytes of data.  This information is  replicated precisely through each cell in the body.  That set of DNA is intelligently manipulated to create billions of people in the world.

Answer your questions?  I have had every question that I can conceive answered by the words of God and the experience of life.  These blogs started to help others with these questions.  Jesus promised, “Seek and you will find.”  That is a promise that has held true for me, but only your seeking can test this promise.

Provide the healing you asked for?  On this one I cannot speak as strongly.  I  have prayed for my children as they went through significant back surgeries.  They are better but still struggle at times.  Did God heal them or did medicine heal them?  Did God give us medicine?  Why do they still struggle?  I can say confidently, that they grew more compassionate from the experience.  I can say confidently, that they are better young men after having gone through that struggle.  Were they healed?  Perhaps

Appear in the flesh?  Raise someone from the dead?  Well, that is the story of Jesus.  Not only that… I know of people who lived life to the fullest achieving great feats because they no longer feared death.  Dietrich Bonhoffer returned to his mother land to stand against Hitler despite fear of his eventual imprisonment and death.  Martin Luther King Jr lived under threats for decades eventually seeing his dream promoted before he was killed.  Nelson Mandela sat in prison for 27 years, but came out ready to forgive the very people who put him there.  He saw a nation reborn.  I could go on with people from every continent who have died to this life, and were then able to live above the rest of us.  They worked for reform, rescued the oppressed, built new nations, and dreamed bigger than they could see.  Their life is the gospel lived out among us.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it…” (Matt 16:24-25)

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