Why Does God Seem Hidden From Us?

One of the challenges of first believing – and then trusting – in God is that he’s not a physical being. But that’s by design. The bible tells us that “God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

It also tells us that God says, “You may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live” (Exodus 33:20). That’s because our God is holy. And we are sinners. What bridges that gap is Jesus. When we accept Jesus’s sacrifice, we can confidently approach God, knowing that he forever sees us as forgiven and without blemish.

Accepting that God loves us allows us to start on the journey of friendship with God. All that who God is remains a mystery while we are on earth. But he has given us clues. We see him in creation, in history, through his Word, at church, and through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. God promises us that we can begin to know him, if we put forth the effort. “If you look for me in earnest,” he says, “you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you” (Jeremiah 29:13-14). One day we will see God’s face. We will be bowled over by his awesome power and might. For now, take joy in the bits of himself he offers daily as you seek after him.

Question: What are the pros and cons, in your mind, of following a God who is spirit?
Question: How can you invite him into your physical world to feel closer to him?

Content adapted from Josh and Sean McDowell’s book, 77 FAQs about God and the Bible.

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