Many years ago at a mid-western university, an atheist stood in the public square, mocking God. He challenged God to knock him off the platform upon which he was standing. He gave the Lord 30 seconds to do it. Little did he know that a college linebacker happened to be passing by, and overheard his feeble attempt to mock God. The linebacker also happened to be a born again Christian. He was on his way back to his dorm room from football practice and was still wearing his gear. In no time at all he put his helmet back on, fastened his chinstrap, and knocked the atheist 30 ft off that platform. The man, clearly stunned from the blow, sat up and said, “Who are you!?” The linebacker replied, “God was busy so He sent me.”
This humorous story gives us a bit of insight about how people sometimes expect God to reveal Himself to man. Atheist’s, most notably, expect a sort of direct revelation that appeals to their five senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. If they cannot experience God now, at this time and in this manner, then He must not exist according to their reckoning. Psalm 98 echoes the sentiments of an earlier Psalm. God is plainly seen. He hasn’t hidden Himself from the heathen, or His own people. He has revealed Himself to all men through His creation. It declares His glory and shows forth His handiwork. The complexity of all creation brings us to the most common sense of all conclusions: a Creator must be behind all of this, none of it could have just “happened.”
Furthermore, God hasn’t hidden His salvation either. When Thomas enquired of the Lord how he might know where Jesus was going, Jesus responded by saying that He was “the way.” When Phillip requested that Jesus show them the Father, Jesus answered with a semi-rebuke: “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?” The Lord hath made known His salvation, and His righteousness “hath he openly showed.” And it’s not just that God has plainly shown it, He has shown it in the sight of all the heathen! Often we are so foolish to think that God is in the business of being sneaky, somehow concealing Himself from all the people. That is not so! What we find in Scripture is the opposite.
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
The problem has never been with God revealing Himself. Rather, it has always been with man’s willingness to hear and heed. I read a comment recently about the Lord. It summed up everything that people who question God are prone to thinking right now. Someone asked, “where is God?” To which, the reply came, “Not curing the coronavirus.” My friends, God never changes. He’s in the same place He’s always been offering blessing to those who seek Him and walk in His ways.