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Loving Our Invisible God

It seems it would be so much easier to believe how much we are loved by God and to love Him back if we could actually see Him, look into His eyes and feels His arms around us. Colossians 1:15, speaking of Christ, says: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Jesus Christ is the closest we are able to come to seeing God.

It may frustrate us to some degree that God is invisible, but He is invisibleonly to protect us. We could not see Him and live. Moses came the closest toseeing God with his own eyes and he was protected in the cleft of a rock andcould only see the back of God as He passed by. We are not able in our sinfulhuman bodies to see God. It is for our sake that he remains invisible. He wantsto make Himself visible to us, but there are some parts of him that must remaininvisible for our lifetimes on earth.

Moses understood this. He embraced God and His commandments though he, like us,did not always understand the reason clearly. He knew there are secret thingsthat belong only to God. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret thingsbelong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our childrenforever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”

In loving our invisible God, we must embrace the things that He has made visibleto us and welcome the secrets He reveals to us about Himself and our relationshipwith Him. He made Himself most visible in sending Christ to us. You’vegot to look at the way He did that. He had His Son—a very aspect of Himself—takeon human form and be born of a woman. All along throughout the Old TestamentHe made Himself visible. He led the children of Israel as a pillar of cloud byday and a pillar of fire by night. There were special times when His glory sofilled the tabernacle that the priests could not move for the force of pressurethere. He made Himself visible by describing His Father’s heart for usin His Word. But we can see Him best by examining the life of Christ and learningthe extreme love He has for us that He would allow His one and only Son to sufferand die on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice for our sin. He did this so Hecan become visible to us.

God won’t remain invisible forever. His heart is towards setting all thewheels in motion so that He can become visible for eternity. Paul puts it thisway: “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shallsee face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fullyknown” (1 Cor. 13:12). We must wait until we are ready to see Godfor who He really is.

In the meantime, there are many ways that God has made Himself visible to us.Let’s see if we can exhaust those ways before we ask for more. You canknow God as He has revealed Himself to you. Is He still invisible?

 

 

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