Written by BJ Richardson for “The River Walk” @ http://tworiversblog.com/
No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. (John 1:18)
Relate: I was probably about twelve years old or so when this particular game of hide and seek. Their family was great friends with our family and I would have been the rabble-rouser between the two tribes of kids. One of their youngest (at the time, more to come) ran into the other room when I started counting. Once there he squatted down like he was pooping, put his fists straight out to his sides, and closed his eyes as tightly as he could. I walked into the room and nearly fell to the floor laughing, this kid of about 3 or 4 was just too cute. Apparently he believed that as long as he couldn’t see anybody else, they couldn’t see him either.
Sometimes I feel like those that deny that God exists, and those who would deny the divinity of Christ, are just like that little boy with his eyes squeezed tightly shut. Perhaps it is just my memory embellishing the story but I am pretty sure that when Isaac (if it wasn’t you, Isaac but one of your brothers, I apologize) heard me laughing he tried to shut his eyes even tighter. Something in him knew I was there, but perhaps if he just tried a little harder to shut me out, I wouldn’t be there anymore. Willful ignorance of the truth.
React: A key reason why Jesus came was to reveal to us God. We couldn’t see God, so God came down to us. He met us right where we are and showed Himself to us. Because of Jesus, nobody has an excuse. We can know exactly what God is like because God Himself came down and lived among us. He ate with us and walked and talked with us. He taught us about the Father. He demonstrated the Father’s heart through His acts of compassion climaxing with the cross. He revealed His power through His miracles and ultimately through the resurrection. Because of Jesus, we can know God. Yet still some of us stand there in His presence, like a willful child, closing our eyes and hoping He will go away.
God, You are real. You are here. You have come. But sometimes, with eyes shut tight, I chose to ignore Your presence. You have revealed what is right, just, and true. But sometimes I don’t want to see it. I would rather live in willful ignorance. Help me to open my eyes. All around me there are others who are also living in voluntary blindness. Help me to love them as You love them. Help me to speak Your truth with love and respect, knowing that it is only Your revelation that can bring light to the darkness. Let me reflect You. Let me shower Your love until they open their eyes. When they do, let them see You.
The Walk, (tworiversblog.com) is a devotional/informational outreach for Two Rivers, a new church that launched in the Binghamton area February, 2013.