Some people ask, “How am I supposed to believe in an invisible God?”
My answer would be, “Who told you that he was invisible?”
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
How God Can Be Seen
You know, it would be pretty cool if God designed a universe that let us see how great he is. Perhaps a universe that just appeared in one big bang at some instant in the past, which would obviously prove that he created it. And a world designed just for us, as if he wanted us to see how much he loved us.
And it would be helpful if God left us a record that let us understand him better, a book or something. Perhaps with references to events and people, and facts that could be verified by historians. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could read about God, and see what he is like in person?
Just imagine if we could see details of how God would act if he was here in our world. To be able to learn from the type of person he would be and how he treated other people. What if he literally told us, straight from his mouth, what was important to him, both in the present and the future?
But, I wonder why such a God would not have made his existence even more obvious.
For example, he could have appeared on earth at a time and place that had been predicted for generations. Now, that would be interesting! And he could have performed dozens of miracles only a god could perform. In fact, he could have told people he was God to make it even clearer.
Finding an Invisible God
And it would be even more incredible if this God could have done something dramatic to show his extreme love for us. Some supreme sacrifice performed for our sake. And what if he did it with hundreds of witnesses who could tell other people about what happened, and even write it down?
But, what would such a loving God want to give us with such a sacrifice? What gifts could be that valuable? Surely, not something as miraculous as our sins being forgiven. Or a lifetime with more peace, joy, and purpose than we could ever find on our own. Or our eternal future guaranteed.
Wow. Nothing could top all of that. Unless …. Unless this God made it personal. With me! So I could be sure, absolutely sure, that he was really there.
What if he would sometimes answer when I talked to him, and reach out to me when times were tough? And what if he was there in worship, and in a sunset, and in the eyes of the unfortunate? What if he let me–yes, me!–actually see miraculous examples of how he interacts in our lives?
Well, God has done all that too. Which brings me to the undeniable conclusion that even though we may not be able to literally see him, he’s not an invisible God at all!
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1-2)
Question: Do you believe we can personally experience a God we cannot see?
Action: Pray that God will become more real, even “visible” in some ways, to you.