In this video, the questioner asks a poignant question I am sure each of us has dealt with at one time or another in our Christian walk; “Why is God so hidden?”
The point he makes as a motivation for his question is a fantastic place to begin. If Christianity is a personal religion, and God cares for each individual, how can we explain why God doesn’t make Himself more apparent to people?
Here is Ravi’s answer:
Points from the video:
Almost every Christian deals with this hiddenness issue. It is not a problem relegated to the non-believer.
We never have a constant experience of God showing up in an obvious way. It always just enough of an experience where there is no other explanation other than the supernatural for certain instances in your life or the life of someone you know.
When you live a life that is close with God, even in the midst of physical destruction and disability, you find that this is not the ultimate destruction and loss. Ravi shares the story of a Pastor who, though he only has the use of his body from the chest up, has written scores of Bible studies for universities. He says that the more disabled he becomes, the more he feels God coming closer to him to meet him where he is.
The majority of those coming to Christ in the Middle East are coming to Him through dreams and visions. This even though the Gospel has been banned in those countries!
Ravi says that for every person who asks the question of the hiddenness of God, he can show you someone who is telling him about how God revealed Himself to them in a spectacular way.
Ravi challenges the question to go home and pray and ask Christ that if He is who He says He is to reveal Himself to them.
Have you experienced the hiddenness of God yourself?
How have you seen God reveal Himself to you or to someone close to you?
Do you share your personal experiences with others when they ask this question?
I often find that this question comes from a place of genuinely caring about people. In the question is the grounding of, “I care about people. If I were God, I would do things differently to reach these people.”
I often push back gently and tell them that no matter how much they care about people, God cares more. He is even more desperate for these people to come to know Him than they are. How do I know? He sent His Son to reveal the Father to us and paid with the death of His Son to restore relationship with us.
If dealing with a non-believer, I also like to ask them if God has shown Himself to them. What if this conversation is God’s way of offering them an invitation to be in fellowship with Him. How will they respond to this invitation? I encourage them to know God and then partner with Him to reach those they so passionately care about knowing Him.
These are just my thoughts! I would love to hear what you think!