WHY DOES GOD HIDE FROM US

So often it is a struggle to hold on to your faith when you cry out to God and it seems like He is a million miles away.

I have asked so many times – “God why are you silent when I need you the most? Why won’t you just show yourself to me God, or let me hear you speak to me?”

I once had a person reply to one of my posts by saying; “God is your imaginary friend”. I thought OUCH! But sometimes if I am being honest it can feel that way.

When you are clinging to a God that you can’t see or hear with your eyes and ears, it can sometimes feel like you are alone.

I suppose that down through history this is why men made false Gods. They wanted to have something tangible that they could see and touch.

It is easy to imagine how it would make us “feel better” if God were “tangibly” here for us to walk with. But God knew in His wisdom that would not be best.

I asked the Holy Spirit to reveal to me; “Why do you hide yourself from us”?

The first thing that He spoke to my spirit was; “You have to see ME with the spirit”.

I started to think on that; God is a Spirit, so it would make sense for us to see him with the same.

I also thought about how we rely so much on our five senses. We base everything off of what we can see, taste, feel, smell, our touch. Without that evidence then it doesn’t exist!

If you will indulge me, let me challenge that kind of thinking. This sells us short.

God made us so much more and so much deeper than “just the five senses”.

There was the most amazing sunset I saw just a few hours ago. The feeling I got while looking at those beautiful colors reminded me of years ago; I was walking beside the ocean on vacation, I was “by myself” and it was nighttime.

As I looked out over the deep dark waters and the endless sky, I could sense how small I was and I knew that I was not alone. I could sense something deeper “than me” was within me.

This was the first time I remember knowing there IS something beyond what my five senses are able to register.

I challenge you to go out “alone” on a walk in the woods, or watch a sunset, or gaze at the ocean, and tell me if you don’t also sense this something “deeper than you” inside yourself.

That something is the spirit, which God created inside of each one of us.

It’s odd how humans will stretch to believe so many things in this day and age, yet won’t make the short leap of faith to accept what they already know deep down inside is true.

We are all so much more than just our “FIVE SENSES” tell us we are.

We are body, soul, and spirit.

  • Your body is a “shell of clay”
  • Your soul is your breath life “God breathed into man and he became a living soul”
  • You spirit is your “inner man and connection to the one true God”

God’s word “promises” that if we will “seek Him will find Him”.

We have to seek and see Him by the spirit. We also worship and have a daily relationship with him “by the spirit”.

The Key to this spiritual connection is to confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, and believe God raised Him from the dead. This invites His spirit to dwell within you. This begins the path to seeing Him.

This may be confusing to those who are just wanting to start this journey of “seeking and seeing God”. The question of HOW do I tap into my “spirit man” so that I can do this, is a good question.

There are a number of ways to discover and strengthen your “spirit man”.

1.) The reason we have God’s word is to feed our spirit.

2.) The reason we see God in nature is to heighten our spirits awareness of Him.

3.) The reason God lets us find Him in our suffering is so we “build up” our spirit by seeking Him to bring us out of trouble.

There are many ways that God has made available to feed and strengthen our sprit. The stronger our spirit gets the more we can open it to see Him.

Some who are reading this, have known what I’m saying here for a long time. Yet they still struggle to see and find God. To “see the King” we often forget we have to “seek Him”. It just occurred to me while writing this that the word “seeking” is (perhaps not by accident) comprised of two words “see ”&“King”.

We never “arrive” at a point in our walk with God that we “see Him” without seeking Him.

There are many verses in the Bible that talk about God hiding His face from man. In the book of Job, Job himself says;

  • “If only I knew where to find Him; if only I could go to his dwelling”
  • “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him.”
  • “When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.”

But after Job says all that, then he says:

  • “But He knows the way that I take”.

So, we can be certain that God does, and always will know where we are and He always sees us. If He is this near us all the time then we don’t have to look far to find him.

If we will open up our “spiritual eyes” to see Him, he will let Himself be known! Even in the times when we doubt and struggle, God will meet us “more than half way”.

Perhaps not in the physical sense will he meet us, but He will always provide a deep communion within our spirit. So intimate that we will know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that He surely lives inside us today!

God is smarter than we are. His thoughts and ways are so much better and higher than yours or mine.

If God had thought it would have been better to be visible, then He would have done that for us. This is not a game of “Hide and Seek” that God just enjoys playing for His amusement.

God knew that if we followed Him by “faith” believing what we are unable to see, this was the only way to give us a “true view of who He really is”.

Let’s think about this; a truly great teacher is the one that makes you feel like you figured it out on your own. They don’t show you the answer they let you work it and figure it out yourself. This is how you “really get it” and fully understand.

God is that kind of teacher.

We will only fully know and “See God”, if He lets us find Him through navigating this problematic life on earth full of its successes and failures.

Just imagine, if we went into work every day as saw God sitting at a desk. Then trusting Him would not involve a journey at all.

I’m not sure in this case that we would feel like there was much of a choice in the matter of a relationship with Him. It may feel like “Hmmm, I had better trust and obey Him because I’m face to face with Him tomorrow”.

God wants us to want Him “just for Him”!

Being with us “in Spirit” is the way God knew he needed to come to us. The only way we could develop a relationship that is based on free-will instead of fear or slavery.

God “our creator” is so magnificent that if we could see him with our physical eyes, we could not be able to process the glory, it would be too much.

It would be impossible to enter into the intimate relationship He desires if we were “all consumed” by His physical presence.

Trusting God in the hard times while not actually seeing Him takes some serious effort and faith. But this level of trust from us enables us to be stand on our own two feet and feel like we are part of developing the relationship together with Him.

Finding God and being able to “See Him” this way insures we are not coming to Him out of a sense of “obligation” or “fear”.

I would like to pray for you and I now;

Heavenly Father, help us to see you more clearly in the spirit. Let us walk with you in a very intimate relationship. Let us walk and talk with you in the spirit. As your Spirit dwells in us let us not only speak to you, but also hear you speak to our spirit. We thank you and ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

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