When you think about God, who do you imagine He is?
The truth is, what we think about God is the most important thing about
That’s because what we think about God impacts every attitude, thought, and
action we take.
If we see him as a vengeful judge, we’ll always feel guilty. If we see him
as an apathetic father, we will struggle with believing he loves us. If we
think he’s just like us, we’ll be casual about our sin.
Many of us have formed a picture of God from impressions we’ve picked up
throughout our life. Consciously, or unconsciously, our families, teachers,
friends, and churches have impacted our view of Him.
Our culture consistently sends us messages about how to see God as well.
Over time, this has caused all of us to carry a distorted image of God.
As a result, it’s natural to wonder … is it even possible to see God
just as He is?
Can we really, in this life say, “I’ve seen all of God”? The answer is yes
– and no. Yes, we can know God truly, but no, we cannot know him
We may not be able to see God face to face, while we’re still in our
physical state, but we can see Him to the degree He reveals himself to us.
We can receive genuine, compelling, and accurate knowledge of God.
That doesn’t mean God is a passive object of study for us to put under our
limited microscopes. On the contrary, He is intimately involved in
In fact, his revelation to us will depend largely on his relationship to
us. First Corinthians 2:12 describes this basic process:
“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is
from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.”
It is only when we are born a second time as a result of having turned from
our sin and receiving Christ as our Savior that the Holy Spirit comes in.
The Spirit gives us the ability to understand what we already possess in
So what’s our part in seeing God as He really is?
Seeing God is not a laid-back spectator sport. It will require everything
in our being, our heart, and our emotions. Our life must say to God, “I
want to see you. I long to know you.”
Both the Old and New Testaments include promises about this process. God
tells us through Jeremiah:
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. (Jeremiah
Jesus also describes this process:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and
the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he
who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
God promises that when we seek Him, we will find Him. He also
promises to give us the Spirit we need in order to know Him if we ask.
So what about you… Are you seeking Him? Are you asking? Are you knocking?
Are you praying, “God, I want to know you”?
There’s nothing more important than getting an accurate view of God. My
hope and prayer is that God will do for you what he’s been doing in me
since I began my study of him – expanding your mind and enlarging your
heart as you seek Him and begin to see God as He longs to be seen.
To learn more about how to seek and know God, download our new, free family devotional: Real Conversations About the Real God.
It offers a series of videos along with a downloadable discussion guide
to help you and your kids begin to identify common misconceptions and
exchange them for the view God has given us of himself.
Watch the first family devotional video in the series: Vending Machine.