Is God Playing Hide And Seek? How To Find And Get A Vision Of God

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In scriptures, St.Paul tells us we must “walk by faith, not by sight” (2Cor:5:7 Later on, he tells us to, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: ” And another time in the Gospel Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Then if you will bear with me another quote Jesus says to doubtful Thomas, “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John:20:29).

It may come across as a bit confusing or contradictory. One minute we are being told that faith is better than sight. Then we are told many are blessed who believe and have not seen anything. Finally, we are told only the pure in heart see God as well as those who walk in virtue. I mean, which is it? Either it’s a good thing to get a vision of the Lord or it isn’t?

On closer inspection, we “see” (pun intended) that there’s more to it than meets the eye. It’s not that seeing God is a bad thing. It is that believing in God based on having witnessed a supernatural moment or continuously seeking apparitions of some kind that poses a problem. The Saints know that God is free to show Himself to anyone in whatever form He chooses. However, they’re equally if not more inclined to say that nothing beats the vision of Jesus than that which is derived from union with Him through faith and good works.

I find it a great irony that Saint Paul whom God showed Himself to and who believed because of a vision would tell us to walk by faith and not by sight. Yet, we know that He Himself is aware that after His vision, the greatest vision He got of the Lord had been through His faith in Him. When we walk in faith and become another Christ that’s when we truly see God. For as long as we maintain that spiritual disposition we will be like the apostles on mount tabor and can make as many tents as we like and remain there. But it is hard and only something achieved by the perfect while we who live in the world experience only glimpses before having to head back into the jungle of secular uncertainty. Then we lose the vision of the Lord again in our negligence of the commandments through having to put up with being shaken by the tumultuous waves of this world.

Sin and lack of faith blind the soul to the invisible spiritual realities. When the eye of understanding is damaged everything else is darkened. We are like grumpy blind men who think we know everything about the nature of life and death itself. We are like self-styled philosophers that grasp this and that without ever finding the truth. Whenever someone comes along to lead us onto the path to Christ we pull away and demand we be left alone. “I know what I’m doing. . . I’ve crossed this street a thousand times. It’s my life, my world I got this!!!” Then we go to cross the street and he gets run over.

Egoism, self-esteem, self-love all darken the intellect, weaken the will and destroy the soul. People are often scared to see a supernatural possession of a body by a demon in exorcism. Amen, I tell you that nothing is worse than to be possessed by egoism and darkened by sin. For the former takes possession of the body while the latter the soul dragging it to Hell where it will be assuredly possessed forever.

If we want to see God, we must allow him to remove this egoism and other isms that keep us in the dark. God wants us to see Him, but not as a condition to believe. “I will believe only if I see the Lord”. No, not like this. We see the Lord through the invisible Grace derived from the Sacraments and dedicated prayer. If we truly seek the Lord, we will find Him, not as some sort of person living in the world but inside our hearts. I don’t mean that in a sort of poetic way either. “Oh, you’re in my heart always” can be found in many romantic novels. No, not like this. I mean to say that Jesus is supernaturally present in our hearts. The core of our being is in the heart where Gods abode is.

It is a theological fact that God resides there. This is why, when praying the Jesus prayer we are instructed to put our chin to our chest and look at that place while praying the prayer. We are living tabernacles that house the presence of the Lord, did you know that? But we are not aware of His presence because the hardness of our hearts has covered Him.

Pray and you will see Him, but it must be dedicated and selfless prayer. Don’t approach Him asking Him for things He knows you already need. Say, “Lord, you already know what it is I need, I come for the sake of you, to comfort you in your agony on the Cross. I want YOU Lord and nothing nor nobody else.” Go to the Lord for the sake of the Lord and not yourself. We all have that one person in our lives who calls us only because he wants something. How hard is it to have to endure such a one? Don’t be like that. I’m not saying you shouldn’t ask God for things but don’t allow such an approach to take centre stage. Go to the Lord with thanksgiving and as a friend who wants to comfort Him as he mystically suffers on the Cross because of our sins and that of the whole world.

If you do this, the curtain will roll back and the show will begin. How long that curtain will remain open and the vision of God remain accessible to you will all depend upon how much effort you place on walking in virtue. Have you ever been to one of those funfairs where you must put a coin in to play the game? If you don’t keep putting the coins inside the machine the game comes to an end. That’s how it is with the Lord in this world. If we want a vision of Him now we got to dig deep and keep those lamps lit through the practice of the virtues.

God bless

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