Heb. 11:27 "By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible."
Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."
In Matthew and Hebrews it talks about "seeing God". I don't think that the sense is seeing some visual apparition. I think it means something different. Moses doefinetly saw miracles and demonstrations of God's presence in the burning bush and pillars of fire and smoke, but I think it is more than that.
In proverbs we have a clue of how we can see God and the beatitudes provide another aspect. Proverbs 3:6 says we should acknowledge him in al our ways.
Have you ever been in a situation that you saw someone but weren't able to talk to them. Your friend is passing on the other side of the street and you both are urgently on your way somewhere - there is no time to talk but you don't want to be rude and ignore them. What do you do? You smile, or nod, or wave. That is just one example of many where you acknowledge someone. You recognize there presence.
Do we do that with the Lord - tomorrow at work - when you are shopping - when a trial comes into your life - acknowledge the Lord's presence. Hello Lord.
Recognize that God is with you. He is in control and seek his leadership and guidance in every area of your life. Trust in him and in All Your Ways acknowledge him and he WILL direct your paths. Sometimes I do that after I have come to the end of my own resources. I have run out of options - gone through plans A through Z and am discouraged - then I go to the Lord and say what do I do?
I am learning to a little more proactive in that and trying to put him first in everything and I am seeing him start to direct my paths. I am seeing him who is invisible in my day to day trials and tribulations and it changes my attitude and perception.
WAY # 2
So, way # 1 is acknowledging him in all our ways - yielding every crevice and corner of our heart and life to him - way # 2 is Nearness equals likeness - Nearness equals likeness
Matt. 5:8 says that the pure in heart are blessed with seeing God
Have you ever spent a good amount of time with someone with a strong accent. I know that if I spend enough time with someone like that I start talking like them. I don't purposely. I don't even notice that it is happening most of the time. The same is true with God simply put the more time we actually spend with him, in his presence, in prayer, in his word - the more we become like him.
Actually if we are to apply this verse properly - we should say likeness is nearness instead of nearness is likeness but both are true. The pure in heart are in that sense like God - so they see him because they have a point of commonality. Of course the purest of people is so far below God there is little comparison but we begin to perceive and understand a little about him the more we become like him. Ideally this becomes a blessed cycle - we spend time with him and become more like - being more like him our perception of him becomes clearer and we want to spend more time with him and so on.
Think I am stretching or spiritualizing these verses a bit?
Consider this verse: "I Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
This verse is talking about the bible as a glass that we look through to see Christ and in looking and seeing we become more like him. This is our destiny and should be our desire to know him, to see him, to be like him.
Oh Lord Open our eyes that we shall se you and become like you and live for you for your glory
1 John 3 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.