My suburban broke down in front of the whataburger a month or so back. I prayed and asked God to send someone that could explain what had gone wrong.
A nicegentleman driving a suburban stopped I wants even through praying, and showed me what is wrong.
He was a chief mechanic at the chevy place and said he had only owned suburbans all his life. He told me it was the fuel pump (which I had recently replaced). This was likely the very best person in the region or state to tell me what was wrong with this particular make and model of automobile.
He was late and couldn’t help me but now I was sure it was the fuel pump. I took a look at it and told God if I can’t fix it by myself please send someone who will help me. So then “Gary” a retired mechanic whom God had sent to me 4 times before to help with my car troubles helped me and had a tester for electricity I didn’t have. We found the short and took the fuel pump to auto zone for a warranty replacement. We then fixed it on the spot.
Later my son was with me to pick up the car. I told him the verse “it is Gods glory is to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to find it out. (he has made us kings and priests)
I told my son that God hides things.
I told him God could show up and in one second there would be no more atheist, but he doesn’t. Why?
“thou art a god who hides himself” the bible says. I asked God why he hides himself, I believe the answer to that question is:
1. its Gods glory to hide a thing, that is make complicated things seamless. kind of like a good carpenter hides nails in some cases.
2. He is also humble so he doesn’t brag on himself.
3. The world is judged for sin and belong to another spiritual master until they legally can be bought out of that slavery. Slaves do not have rights. The full price to obtain legal rights over people has been paid, but to find that out men have to humble themselves and look for God. If they do God promises that they will find them.
4. God is opposed to the proud but gives (unearned, undeserved, unmerited favor) to the humble. This whole world is under judgement and belongs to the the “God of this world”. This god is the is the “king of pride”.
God is opposed to the proud. People can seek him and find him, but most do not.
I was explaining to my son that Gods glory is like this, to remain hidden. However my prayers and God’s responses let him “see” God today through Gods actions.
As I was doing this I said “look!, look!, because of the car in front of me had a license plate.
The license plate said “HS GLORY” -this happened just as I was telling him it was Gods glory to conceal a matter.
The answered prayers, and the license plate made a big impression on him. I have seen this sort of thing repeatedly for the last several years of my life, however I don’t tell everyone because they think your nuts. It still is amazing to me and makes me very happy. “I see knowledge of him in every place”
Why does God reveal himself to some and not others?
In addition to the above:
Here is a reply I made on a comment in a discussion group on Facebook about why God remains hidden.
Why can you lay out the facts and atheist can not understand them?
This assumes logic is the only thing at work here. It ignores what the bible teaches about spiritual control. The bible tells us that the whole world is under the sway of the “god of this world”. Its a spiritual control issue.
Why not lay out the facts on both sides and just examine them (without name calling, anger, or pride). I have tried it many times, carefully outlining my arguments for the existence of God and instead of a conversation have been met with name calling, twisted logic and open hatred. It’s not going to work to lay out and discuss facts and here is why.
Under the control of their spiritual master, they will not be allowed to believe. The God of this world has legal rights to the world, and until the legal claims are terminated they remain slave and are not able to think anything they want to think, or believe anything they want to believe.
Slaves do not have rights. – Romans 6:16
God is apposed to the proud, but gives (unmerited, undeserved, unearned ) favor to the humble. God is actively opposed tho the world at large because he opposes the proud. I bet 99.999% of atheist think christians are just ignorant morons, even as they pretend to hear there side.
If your an atheist your most likely thinking that of me right now. For atheist this means they are being actively opposed by God as they listen to any facts. So it just doesn’t work. There pride keeps them out. Pride also keeps them from being objective. God promises though that if they look for God they will find him. So the door is left open. Pride though keeps the door shut.
4. The spirit the world has as “truth” is not God who is actual “truth”. The world can not receive truth. The spirit they live under, that they identify as truth is not “truth” at all but an imposter.
Its spiritual control that keeps men blinded, not logic or facts.
5. No matter what facts you present or evidence you gather or argument you make, the world will not believe it- and usually just resort to name calling rather than any sort of logical argument.
The world can not accept truth. The spirit that legally rules over them is pretending to be the spirit of truth, and people that are legally his property are not allowed to believe anything other than what he says is truth.
Slaves do not have rights
Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. -romans 6:16
When you obey sin (the god of this world) it is your last free act.
You then are no longer able to make free will choices, but become a slave of your new legal spiritual master. He will not just let you think what you want to think, or believe what you wan tot believe or do what you want to do. Until the legal debt is paid to buy you out of slavery, you remain a slave.
God has paid to have the legal rights of the “God of this world” terminated and anyone who looks for God will find him, however pride keeps most of them from looking objectively. So they never get out of prison and they remain slaves.
These people remain the property of the “fake imposter spirit of truth” and never find the actual spirit of truth.
He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.