Why is God invisible? Why can’t we see Him with our physical eyes – the eyes that He gave us? He gave us eyes so we can see the world, but not Him?! Moreover, we cannot even converse with Him in the manner we do to each other. He is mute and nowhere to be found.
It was only in the olden days of Adam and Eve, and the prophets that God showed manifestations of Himself; spoke directly to men. Has modernization and toll of sin further severed us from God? It could have. But what about those who call upon Him, like us Christians?
There are definitely reasons for these, though the answers are not obvious to us all. Atheists and disbelievers abound in our world for the simple argument that God cannot be seen; moreover, He cannot be talked to. Try and you do not get a response. If you cannot see and speak with God, then, He must not exist! Is not that a logical enough conclusion?
This author’s view is that a big reason why our God is invisible, or made Him such to us, is for the purpose of awakening that very important, intangible, primary function in us called FAITH. If we can see Him with the physical eyes that He gave us, then we would not have need of faith- for what would you need faith for, for a God you already see?
Faith is for the unseen, not the seen. The Bible says it is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11.1). If we already see God, there would not be anymore need for this basic faith that He exists. Now that we cannot see Him, then we need this thing called faith. We need this basic faith that He exists first, before we can develop faith’s potentials.
If for instance we have faith, can we now see God? Can we now see His form or image, manifestation, or whatever? God is a Spirit, and we cannot really see Him even if we have faith. The more appropriate term is sense. God can only be sensed by faith, though it is not part of our 5 traditional physical senses, namely: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching.
We cannot see, hear, taste, smell, or touch God. What does this mean? It means He cannot be sensed physically. This is where the sixth sense comes – faith, which is not of our physical body. Faith is of the unseen and the intangible. It is of the mind and spirit.
We cannot sense God with our 5 physical senses, but we can, through our mind and spirit. It is spirit to Spirit, and mind to Mind. It is the system in place here- and it is not our system, but His. We have to adapt to this. We have to adjust to the Big One.
One could always ask Why did He not just make Himself visible for all to see? This writer’s answer to that is because faith is very important to Him. It is the determining factor or tool which tells if a man belongs to, or is for God, or not.
Everyone has faith in him or her, but not everyone uses it. This sixth sense is a volition. It will not work if you do not use it. So, in this light, God sees who will will it, or opt to use it. In another term, faith is God’s measurement if a man or woman is His, or not. Even if a man does not see or know God, if he believes in Him, he will gradually get to know Him- and ultimately see His existence.
God’s being invisible is also a test – to see who will seek Him. Again, would you seek God if you already see Him? Obviously, you would not. Seeking is tied up to Him being not seen. It is like looking for something you cannot see, but can conceive. That is why faith is not really easy. But it was meant to be that way, as a test and a challenge. You cannot see Him, but you know He is there. It is a decision of the mind (and heart, of course). It is like a blind seeing, you see though you see not physically. Faith is the eye of the mind.
This writer does not need any proof of God any more because the proof is already within us (I Cor 3:16). That statement must have come from a realization of faith within. Faith, when fully developed, becomes a permanent part of the brain, overriding intellectual logic. Besides, the whole of nature is the manifestation of the fathomless intelligence and beauty of character of the living God. By seeing His works, we somehow see Him, too. It is a step towards that end.
So, do we see now why God is invisible and silent? It is an invitation to see and speak with Him. I hope this helps. God bless us all.