In my last blog, “Invisible Worlds,” we considered the countless scents dogs can smell that we can’t. In a world filled with radio waves, cell tower signals, and sensitive instruments to collect data of all kinds, we know that our human senses alone are unable to detect much that exists. So what does this have to do with God?
Well, God is Spirit. (See John 4:24) This fact is the most fundamental proposition we can make about God. As Spirit, God is invisible to us. The Bible testifies that God abides in radiant splendor in a dimension off the charts of our five senses of touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound, as well as our technical instruments. According to the Bible, God is very much alive, active, intelligent, creative, and relational.
Atheists sometimes attempt to torment believers with questions like, “How could you possibly claim to know there’s a God?” The believer’s honest answer is, “As a creature, there is no way I could know there is a God – unless God wants to be known.” In other words, to know God, I had to have help from God Himself.
Does God help people know Him? Who qualifies for such help? According to the Bible, only certain kinds of people get the help they need from God to know God. Through the prophet Jeremiah (29:13), God promises the IIsraelites “If with all your heart you truly seek me, you shall surely find me.” Seeing God, then, is a matter of the heart, the home of our desires. “With all your heart” tells us we have to be wholehearted about our seeking God.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8) So if we want to see God, the first thing we have to ask ourselves is how badly we want this. Is this our highest priority and our deepest longing? – or just a matter of curiosity.
In that same sermon, (Matthew 7:7-8) Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.…” Jesus explains this is as a spiritual fact. So if we want to know God well, we must bepersistent as well as wholehearted.
Finally, in Matthew 11:25 Jesus prayed, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.” So we learn here that we must bechildlike.
Can you remember the last time you were wholehearted, childlike, and persistent? Try to remember. It may have been when you took delight in trying to learn something. Or it may have been when you were learning how to relate to a puppy. Interestingly, at that time you just may have had all the ingredients you needed to be truly spiritual, and to begin knowing God in a way He wants to be known.
Pablo Picasso said, ” It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
What are you doing with the rest of your life? If you focus on becoming more childlike with God, and more wholehearted and persistent in your desire to know and love Him, your life will truly be worthwhile. And you will indeed see with your heart the One who is, to other people, Invisible.