Seeing God

September 16, 2021
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Throughout my many years in ministry, I've recognized that the invisibility of God is a problem for some people. Because He cannot be seen in person, they refuse to accept His existence. They think that if He were to turn up one day and walk among us, then they would have no problem in believing that God is alive. Until that happens, however, they simply will not believe. The problem is that when God did show up and do mighty miracles, even then many did not believe!

Since God is invisible, the best alternative is to see Him at work in the lives of many people, giving them peace, hope, and love. As the apostle John wrote long ago:

1 John 4:12 – No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. (ESV)

This means that if we want to convince someone else that God is alive, then they need to see Him in us. If God's love is perfected in us, then it should be apparent to others in our relationships and through our deeds. If we sincerely care for others, show compassion, and share love to the world, then we will display God's existence. However, if we present to the world disdain, indifference, and dishonesty, then God will never be seen by those around us.

So, perhaps next time when we hear from someone or read in a post that they don't believe in God because He cannot be seen, let's not argue or get into an online debate, Instead, let's try to show God's perfect love through what we say, write, or do, because those will be more effective than trying to score over others with theological or biblical points.

Question: Do I believe that God abides in me? Do others recognize this?

Prayer: Lord God, help us to be open to Your love and grant us opportunities to show Your compassion to those we encounter today. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

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John Stuart <traqair@aol.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Amen, John.


    Amen ! Thank you, John.


    To see God, look in the face of a child.


    Beautiful John and richly true! Blessings.


    Right on, brother John.
    Thanks.


    Thanks, John. Reminds me of the song. “Let Others See Jesus In You.”


    Amen!!! Thank you, John, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us! Blessings.


    O YAY! John, This surely is the best answer I’ve ever read to the ‘Seeing God,’ conundrum some talk about! Helps me.


    John,
    Thanks for the viewpoint of your message this morning.
    It is indeed something that is needed to remind us that God continues to be with and inside us.
    (Ontario, Canada)


    Hi John, Thanks for the awesome devotional today. I pray each day that others can see that Christ is alive in the way I live and speak. Your devotional is inspiring to do and live better each day.
    Thanks again,
    (Ontario, Canada)


    Morning John,
    Your devotional this morning is “spot on.” (Do people still use that phrase?) When I examine my relationship with God and how little effort I really put into it, I take some comfort in the fact that He does notice how I treat and do for others.
    Thank you, John.


    Hello John,
    Thank you for another of your very meaningful devotionals. Yes, being thoughtful and showing compassion to others really shows the way God works. We serve Him best when we obey His word in our daily actions and association with others. Blessings for your special and inspiring writings.


    Good morning, John,
    What a simple concept but so true and a great reminder of what is important. It is true in many other instances that it is better not to try to prove something in words but to simply act appropriately. No one likes to be shown up as openly wrong, they just did their heels in harder to show they are not wrong.
    I have asked myself many times would I have believed in Jesus if I lived at that time. I am not sure I would have if my beliefs were based on my upbringing in the Old Testament. I worked for many years for Orthodox Jews and could understand why they didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah they were waiting for.
    Your concept is simple, but it definitely is a challenge to act like Jesus even with the help of the Holy Spirit, but of course, that doesn’t mean we should not be trying. Shining the light of Jesus so that others can believe and have the hope, comfort, peace, joy and love that God has provided us is what God wants us to do each and every day. Thanks for the reminder. May you find many opportunities to share God’s love.

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