Is it possible to see God? If you were trying to find God or evidence He exists, where would you go? How would you recognize Him once you got there? What is the probability you would miss seeing Him even if He were present? These are questions we have all asked. For unbelievers, seeing is believing. For Christians, believing is seeing. The worldview in your heart determines how and whether you see God.
The first man to leave Earth and venture into the Heavens was Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to have a view of the world from space. Upon his return from orbiting the globe, he quipped “I did not see God”. His failure to “see” God supposedly justified proof of God’s absence. This excuse has been used in every age, but is especially common in our modern, so-called “scientific” age, where we can peer into the depths of the universe as well as the subatomic level. We have become so dependent on science to answer all our questions that we are too stubborn, too lazy, or too afraid to exercise our faith in God’s eternal power.
The Truth is, God’s presence can be seen and felt, but you must be prepared to recognize the signs. God informs us through the Apostle Paul that He is visible, “Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20)
God reveals Himself to us in many ways. Paul speaks of the revelation of God to mankind in nature, an expression of His eternal power. We see it in the vastness of space, the intricacies of the human body, the complexities of ecosystems, and more. Contrary to the evidence, many people refuse to believe God exists because He is invisible. Ironically, these same people believe in other things which are invisible. For example, you can’t see the ultraviolet rays that cause sunburn. If you’ve ever had a sun burn, you know these rays exist despite their invisibility. One only need gaze upon sunburned flesh to know that invisible qualities were at work. Likewise, gravity is invisible. If you jump off a roof, you can experience firsthand the invisible force of gravity at work.
We can test the effects of ultraviolet rays or gravity and collect data to measure the results. As the old saying goes, “You can manage what you can measure.” The flaw in our thinking is that we can manage God. News flash – we can’t. Rather, He manages us because He is God. Those who understand His Holy Word know testing God is wrong; “Do not test the LORD your God.” (Deuteronomy 6:16). This is one reason science will never prove the existence of God. He wants us to come to Him by faith, not by means of scientific data.
God reveals Himself frequently in His Holy Word, the Bible. This is our owner’s manual for life here on Earth. God has revealed Himself to us through this Book so we may come to know Him and His eternal ways. As with God’s revelation of Himself through nature, many people refuse to believe the Bible is God’s Word, preferring to call it just a book of stories. Whereas the Bible contains many stories, most people who use this excuse have never read or studied the Bible and, as a result, can’t see God at work. Instead, they parrot the opinion of others, most of whom have never read it either and many of whom fear knowing the Bible would deprive them of their current lifestyle. I know this for a fact – I used to be one of them.
God’s most loving and tender revelation of Himself came through our LORD Jesus Christ. From a human perspective, there was no reason for Jesus Christ to come to Earth. He was God, comfortably installed in Heaven, totally in control, and in need of nothing. Why would He leave this exalted position to come to Earth, especially when it meant suffering and dying on the Cross? The short answer comes in John 3:16. We are in desperate need of a Savior (Romans 3:23, 6:23) and He loves us so much He sacrificed Himself willingly on our behalf.
Of course, not everyone fails to recognize God. Astronaut John Glenn came back from a Space Shuttle mission in 1998 and said, “To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible. It just strengthens my faith. I wish there were words to describe what it’s like…”
It is normal to see the revelation of God in this world. It doesn’t matter if you are confined to this planet or whether you are orbiting in space. God has given us the capacity to see, comprehend, and to receive the knowledge of His existence, although many refuse to do so.
The problem in seeing God stems not from a lack of evidence for Him; the problem lies in the human heart, which is often hardened, irrational, and resolved to deny Him. God’s glorious, eternal attributes are ever-present and abundant, if we are honest enough to admit their existence. We have no excuse for our failure to see God, seek God, and to worship, praise, and thank Him. Take some time today to see God’s handiwork in your life and to praise Him for all He has done.
In His Love and Service,
A Servant of Jesus Christ
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