Can We See God?
He replied, “I will cause all my goodness to pass before you, and in your presence I will pronounce the name of Adonai. Moreover, I show favor to whomever I will, and I display mercy to whomever I will. But my face,” he continued, “you cannot see, because a human being cannot look at me and remain alive.
What an intriguing question – Are we able to see God? The short answer is, of course, no, we cannot see God. Why? There are two answers from Scripture that will help us here. The first comes from Habakkuk 1:13, where we read: Your eyes are too pure to see evil, you cannot countenance oppression. In this verse we are told that Adonai is purity within Himself. This tells us that as long as we are tainted with sin, He is not able to be seen. Only when we are freed from the mantle of sin will we be able to see Him. Clearly, this will not occur until we have shirked this mortal coil, as the great bard, William Shakespeare, shared with us in Hamlet.
The second deeper answer to our question may be found in Exodus 33:20 and in John 1:18. In the Exodus passage, we read: “But My Face,” he continued, “you cannot see, because a human being cannot look at Me and remain alive.” In John 1, the Apostle John shares with us: No one has ever seen God; “but the only and unique Son, who is identical with God and is at the Father’s side — he has made him known.” Thus, only through our contemplation of Adonai Yeshua, the Lord Jesus, will we find the physical likeness of Adonai. Unfortunately, as there are no extant images of our Lord, there is little opportunity to accomplish this task. However, there is also one verse, in Colossians 1:15, which creates a clear position for us: “He (Adonai Yeshua) is the visible image of the invisible God.” What, then, may we do, if we wish to “see” Adonai, our Beloved God?
Although we are unable to “see” the face of God, we certainly can see His handiwork, in every aspect of our lives. Just the reality of our lives is clear witness to His work – He created every one of us, in His spiritual likeness, as we read in Genesis 1:27. Then we have His bountiful creation of the heavens and the earth. Everything we are able to sense was created by and through Him. Praised be His Holy Name!
Do you have any question regarding the existence of Adonai? Are you intrigued with the logic postulated by evolutionists? I urge you to examine their postulations carefully and you may learn, as I have, it requires more faith to believe in life coming together, through a series of random acts, than through the creation of a Major Intelligence. However, postulations by those lost ones does not obliterate the Truth of His role in the creation of the universe.
Then we come to the witness of His only, unique Son, Adonai Yeshua. His incarnation is the more wonderful, when we clearly understand the meaning of John 1:18, when the Apostle wrote: “No one has ever seen God; but the only and unique Son, who is identical with God and is at the Father’s side — He has made Him known.” Through His words, found in both the Hebrew and Apostolic Scriptures, we get an unfolding image of His Character and the merits of His existence.
How aware are you of your witness to His being in your life? Do you have the same longing as King David, who expressed his constant desire, in Psalm 42: “Just as a deer longs for running streams, God, I long for You. I am thirsty for God, for the living God! When can I come and appear before God?” Does your heart yearn for His presence before you? There is no connection such as this lasting one, which permeates every portion of our hearts and souls.
Beloved, when was the last time you prayed through the Psalms? When did you last read His Word, not as an obligation or an aim, but as a desire to know Him deeper and fuller?
CONSIDER: I will repeat my questions: When was the last time you prayed through the Psalms? When did you last read His Word, not as an obligation or an aim, but as a desire to know Him deeper and fuller?
ACT: I invite you to begin with Psalm 42 and pray through each of the psalms. Take in each verse and make that your plaintive cry to the Most Holy of Holies. Allow the thoughts of His glorious Majesty fill you and draw you off into another world.
PRAY: Abba, Beloved Father, I pray for Your guidance and Your leadership, as I seek to know you, within all I encounter each day. I sincerely pray for Your Love to add a buoyancy to my life, as I move through the many hindrances, glories and challenges of the day. In Your Beloved Name, I pray.
May the God of Avraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you richly.