The idea that an omnipresent God has specific times of interaction with His creation might seem foreign, but it’s scriptural. A visitation from God can be a fearsome thing, as described in Jeremiah 8:12, as “a time of punishment.” Likewise, God’s visitation can be an extension of His mercy. As Jesus returned to suffer in Jerusalem, He grieved over the city; the masses had rejected His visitation as the Son of God.
“When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, ‘If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.’ “ (Luke 19:41-42 NASB).
Jesus goes on to prophesy of the coming destruction of the city, saying in verse forty-four, “because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” It is, in fact, the failure to recognize God’s visitation that confounds the so-called wise of this world to this day.
God’s Visitation in Creation
There is, perhaps, no more powerful visitation of God than creation, itself. If you’ve read my posts any length of time, you’ve likely heard the testimony of my encounter with God in a college chemistry class. As an unbeliever, I was confronted with the finely tuned nature of the subatomic world. I honestly examined the facts, and I yielded. In retrospect, it was a divine appointment; it was a time of God’s visitation in my life.
I enjoy science; I always have. Science is a disciplined investigation of the wonders of God’s creation. It is through creation that God demonstrates His incomprehensible power and limitless wisdom. Science is no more opposed to God than a book is to its author.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NASB).
This week, I read an interview with a prominent scientist that espoused atheism. In the past, I’ve grieved over statements by brilliant scientists such as Neil deGrasse Tyson or Stephen Hawking. These are individuals that see and understand the power of creation with unparalleled insight. As smart as these men are, regarding the fields they study, they are completely out of their depth when it comes to seeing with faith. Why can’t they recognize God’s visitation? They cannot see His eternal power and divine nature because the “sight” that is required takes place in the realm of faith.
“For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.” (Hebrews 4:2 NASB).
Things Hidden from the Wise
Faith requires humility. The “what” of science can be researched, peer reviewed and published. Nonetheless, if we are humble, the “what” of the universe leads us to ask the question, “why?” It is in asking the “why” that we encounter God. Why did God choose to create the cosmos? God created us because it brought Him joy.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 KJV).
It takes a visitation of God for us to see this very simple Truth. God made us because it brought Him pleasure to do so. It doesn’t take wisdom to understand His motives; it merely takes humility. Jesus sent out seventy disciples, consisting of former fishermen, tax collectors, and ne’er do wells. They returned to report the mighty miracles God had done as they preached. It’s easy to imagine Jesus smiling to hear their reports.
“At that very time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, ‘I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.’ ” (Luke 10:21 NASB).
God’s Visitation to Job
In the Book of Job, we meet an individual, who by all accounts, is a righteous God-fearing man. Job passes profound tests of his character, but ultimately falls into self-righteousness. In chapter after chapter, we read of Job and his friends debating opinions of God and the nature of life. By the time God makes a visitation, Job has become more and more convinced of his higher moral ground.
“Then the Lord said to Job, ‘Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?’ Then Job replied to the Lord, ‘I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand. I have said too much already. I have nothing more to say.’ ” (Job 40:1-5 NLT).
In spite of his momentary lapse into self-righteousness, Job is a man of humility. Job senses God’s visitation. He quiets himself and says,
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; But now my eye sees You; Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5-6 NASB).
Job’s humility enables him to recognize God’s visitation. Previously, Job was considered a righteous man. Certainly, studying, hearing, and reasoning all have value; but recognizing God’s visitation in our lives changes everything.
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