God’s been showing Himself for thousands of years through His creations and miracles, yet people still don’t believe. In truth, the old saying “Seeing Is Believing” needs to be turned around to say, “Believing is Seeing”. Believing is they key to seeing (experiencing) God.
The Pharisees asked Jesus to show them a sign even though He performed miracles around them previously. They saw the miracles yet still didn’t believe. They then portrayed that if they could somehow command an instant miracle from Him that they would believe, but Jesus knew their hearts. They didn’t want to see a miracle they wanted Him to fail. They had no intention to believe that He was the Messiah because He threatened their social status and positions in the Temple. Their hearts were cold and black, and Jesus knew that nothing He could have performed in front of them would have convinced them. So are some today, they put up a front that they need to see before they can believe when they have no intentions to believe. If they did, they would have to admit that maybe they were wrong.
Then there are probably the vast majority that are waiting to see before they can believe too, and they are sincere, unlike the Pharisees. God does answer that kind of prayer on occasion, but that’s rare. When Thomas finally got the chance to touch Jesus after He rose from the dead, he believed. Then Jesus said to him, “blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.” There are many, including myself that have never got the opportunity to touch Jesus and to confirm the scars and wounds, yet we have seen Him. Not His physical being, but His handiwork all around us. The miracles He has performed in our lives that can’t be explained any other way but by Him. Why? Because we believed that He is who He said He is, and we accepted the numerous testimonies of those that have been touched by Him before we knew Him.
I’m not here to try to convince anyone to convert their beliefs, I am just sharing mine. I see (experience) God all the time. Not in the physical realm like face-to-face, but through His blessings and guidance in my life. Seeing isn’t the catalyst to get into the presence of God, believing is. Once we believe, He shows Himself real in our lives and there is something tangible that wasn’t there before.
Elder Steve Smith