Why do people foolishly worship idols? There is a lack of faith in the unseen and the visible draws them away. Our spiritual sight is not used enough and as a result we only see shadows of reality. So, we let our physical eyes search out a substitute, something tangible and temporary is given eternal dedication.
Can we see God? "But He said, you cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live! Then the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen (Exodus 33:20-23 NAS)." God's talk with Moses reveals His holiness and glory!
We are warned to not gaze directly into the sun above us. The powerful rays can do eye damage; so we are wise to avert our eyes. I think God blesses us with His sunrise and sunset, so we can enjoy a less powerful glimpse into the glory of His creation!
Seeing God's face and all His glory would lead to death. This gives us a deeper understanding of why angelic visitors were feared. To see just a sample of God's glory made people terrified!
I think there may be a 2nd reason we can not look directly at the face of God the Father. If we experienced it for just a moment, we would never want Him out of our sight again! We would selfishly cling to Him! How could we ever return to business as usual after looking directly into the face of God?
He understands our yearning to see Him and as always, God makes a way! Jesus told Philip "He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, show us the Father,
(John 14: 9 NAS)?" The truth is clearly seen, "And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by His power,
(Hebrews 1:3a NAS)."
Do you remember my claim we would cling to God if we saw Him? After Jesus' resurrection Mary encountered Him in His new glorified body. He lovingly told her to stop clinging to Him. (John 20:16-17)
Our yearnings to see Him are met when we sharpen our spiritual skills of sight by faith. "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, (Hebrews 12:2 NAS)."
Today special prescription glasses are available for night vision. Only God can equip us for God vision!
Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter. http://www.pamforddavis.com
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