When I was an atheist, I asked God to show Himself to me if He were really there. I asked Him to show me a sign. As a result of my prayer, nothing happened. No sign. No voice. No nothing. Because I felt very sincere in my quest to know the truth, I got frustrated at God for not doing His part. If God wants us to know Him, why doesn’t He openly do miracles to reveal Himself? Wouldn’t the whole world believe if God would just reveal His power?

Apparently not. The Hebrews saw numerous signs and miracles on their way out of Egypt (including the parting of the Red Sea and the provision of manna) and yet God later said to Moses, "How long will this people...not believe in me in spite of all the signs which I have wrought among them?" (Numbers 14:11)

Likewise, the New Testament says, "Though Jesus had done so many signs before them, yet they did not believe in him" (John 12:37).

People sometimes approached Jesus and demanded a sign to prove who He was. Jesus never obliged. In fact their requests apparently grieved Him. Mark 8:12 tells us Jesus’ response when the Pharisees sought from him a sign from heaven, to test him. It says, "He sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, ‘Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.’ And He left them,..."

That’s the same response I got! Years later, God began to give me some insight as to why He does not respond to such requests. I was thinking one day about Jesus’ statement, "You shall not test the Lord your God," and I began wondering, "Why not?" Why is testing God forbidden? Suddenly I realized that when we test something, we are judging that thing. In a relationship, the one who takes the position of judging the other clearly sees himself as the superior. Therefore, when man judges God, man is exalting himself above God.

My problem was that I was approaching God in pride rather than humility. I was calling the shots. I was asking God to do a little trick for me to prove Himself, like asking a circus animal to jump through a hoop. I was a little confused about who was the boss. In being critical of God for not showing Himself clearly, I was again exalting myself and judging God. In my pride I concluded that, if God existed, then He was the one to blame for our estrangement.

Man’s estrangement from God is not a head problem caused by deficient evidence; it’s a heart problem caused by pride and rebellion. Ephesians 4:18 says, "they are alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart."

Proverbs 14:6 says, "A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain." The "fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," but a scoffer has no fear of the Lord. He has no room for God’s wisdom, because he is already so wise in his own eyes. He has no room for God because he already has one.

God has revealed Himself to me hundreds (perhaps thousands) of times during these last twenty-four years since I first humbled myself before Him. His presence is wonderful beyond description. The more I humble myself, the more He reveals Himself to me. Moreover, God is ready and willing to reveal Himself to anyone. Anyone, that is, who humbles himself.


— Jamie Lash                     






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