By Joe Chesser
One of the most challenging things for humans to do is to
try to get a glimpse of God. Even though we are the
highest of God’s creation and are the only thing He made in
His image (Genesis 1:26), we still have severe limitations
in understanding God. We’re just not capable of
it. God put it this way: “As the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my
thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). How much
higher are the heavens than the earth? No one knows,
for the ends of the heavens have yet to be discovered.
But we do get the point. There is just no comparison
of humans with God.
Even so, there are many ways God has allowed us to get a
tiny glimpse of His nature and character. “The heavens
declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). Creation tells
of His eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20).
He has revealed certain things through his prophets and
spokesmen (Deuteronomy 29:29). Our clearest vision of
God is found in Jesus: “If you really knew me, you would
know my Father as well” (John 14:7).
The trouble is that even people who lived at the same time
as Jesus and saw and heard Him every day still didn’t seem
to connect the dots any better that we do. It’s just
tough for humans to see God. And a big part of that is
because we allow our human limitations to constrict our
thinking. It’s much easier to create God in our image
than it is to allow Him to transform us into His.
Let me illustrate what I am saying by using the miracles
Jesus did. Most people then and now saw the miracles
as an end in themselves. There were people who were
blind, so Jesus gave them sight. There were people who
were deaf or lame or sick, so Jesus healed them. He
fed thousands of people with one boy’s lunch. He
walked on water and calmed storms. So people began to
follow Him wherever He went so that they could be healed or
get something to eat (Mark 3:7-10; John 6:26).
But for most of them, that’s about as far as their feeble
minds would allow them to go. They didn’t connect the
power of healing the physical afflictions with the power of
doing far greater things. They were satisfied with
sight, hearing and food. But Jesus wasn’t. He wanted
them to use his power of healing as a springboard of faith
to see who He really was, the One who could give them food
that would feed their souls (John 6:27). He wanted
those healed of physical blindness to see more than
trees. He wanted them to see God! He wanted the
raising of the dead to show that He can give new life to the
soul. Jesus clearly used the healing of the paralytic
to help the spiritually sick crowd to open their eyes and be
saved: “‘But that you may know that the Son of Man has
authority on earth to forgive sins …’ he said to the
paralytic, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’”
Lord, open our eyes to see what You see, so we can become
what You are!
- Joe Chesser preaches for the Fruitland church of Christ,
Fruitland, MO. He may be contacted through the