This question seems to be an inevitable inquiry in some way or another by most, if not all, on the face of this good earth. I would go as far as to say that it is imperative that you ask it! I can tell you that with confidence because as I began my journey into serving Him with my life and my all (and many a time before then), I asked myself, “Why doesn’t God make Himself more obvious?” Although it took time, He gave me the answer:
His mode of operating is infinitely different than mine.
That truth can be broken down into 3 things:
- His ways are not our ways. I would never want them to be. I would never want God to be like me because, honestly, I am not the sharpest tool in the shed…
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. | Isaiah 55:8-9
- He does more than we can ask or even think! I can’t even wrap my head around this one…
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations, forever and ever. Amen. | Ephesians 3:20-21
- His purpose, His very character, is otherworldly…
…even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. | Matthew 20:28
He came to do something that was unlike anything the earth had ever seen. The One who had all authority forsook His position. He came as a helpless babe although He was a King; He came as a Lamb, although He was a Lion; He saw that there was no justice, and He brought forth salvation by his own hand! His ways are truly not our ways. He loved His creation, and He served them till the point of death on the cross.
He did things that are beyond our imagination.
He continues to do things that are beyond our comprehension.
But does that make it impossible to know what His good work is? Is it impossible to see God clearly? NO. WAY.
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” | John 11:40
Jesus posed this question to a woman named Martha because she hesitated to do what He asked her to do. Do you know what happened when she believed and did what He said? She rolled a stone away from a tomb, and her brother was raised from the dead…
Never again will I mistake my refusal to believe for the absence of God.
He is not absent. He has made himself clearly known in this world. Believe it and you will see!