(16) What it means in actual practice; to “see You” (God; Job 42:5).
The following is what helped me. I took a conscious decision to believe His Word (the Bible) word for word (which includes: to fear Him; to hear Him and to be the least). I then I consciously “sent” that decision to God as a prayer. It was as if an answer of approval came back. Then I prayed; “Lord I have to be able to see you as Job said”. It then came to my mind to add that Jesus said; John the Baptist was the greatest prophet ever born of woman (Matthew 11:11-12) and that from John’s time “the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matt. 11:12).
At first I was timid to say: “Lord you have to do it” and immediately when I did; it came to me to add that; because I am “less than the least”; “grace given to me”, only (Eph1:4). We can add to that; it helps to remind us; I pray this for all the other totally committed Christians (to need to see Him) and Lord: “because of your promise in your Word”. (For me; I think especially of those in the work in which I am the least; which is a revival work). I added something like this; “and Lord you have to push me in with the gate (last) you have committed yourself thereto in your Word”.
Let us not try to figure it out with our minds, lest we become like the two professors who inspected the back of the car when the front had the damage.
There is something I would like to add here. The light suddenly floods in (not necessarily immediately).
It then dawned on me that revival needs to begin in my own house; how otherwise can I expect it to spread like a fire (John 7:37 and 38) which it needs to do. (The fruitless tree will be chopped off Matthew 3:10.)
With my wife it happened as follows: We made right between us and we discussed this method. It took a little time till she fully grasped it. Then as she went out of our room to make us some tea; she suddenly came back without the tea; her face beaming; and said, “God has met with me”. Since then we have gone to bed in oneness and with the prayer that I have described. She has after that experienced seeing (the wonderful Name).
God knows our recurring sins and so does our counselor/helper know them. It is our sinful nature which we need to identify/recognize and to confess; requesting prayer (by another completely committed person). When we know that has been dealt with; we can testify in truth with Paul (Eph. 3:8) that we are “nothing” but “grace given to me”. That amounts to; “the grace given to me”, under my old name. Our faith now believes “word for word’ of the Word of God.
That is the same as faith to accept that we are crucified with Him; and accept it in such a way that it works out. We can then suddenly realize that our sinful nature; together with all our sins; hung there with Him; dead. And we rose again; in Him as ”grace given to me”.
It helps to continue to pray this prayer when you go to bed and when you wake up, or get up in the morning; and to add; “I hand over all responsibility for the night/the day, anew to you Lord” (In a way; such includes the entire prayer to remain in Him).
Never despair with a thought that you are not clever enough; more on that just now.
In the beginning you may see Him as a bright (white) light in a dream which comes and goes like a flash; but it is real and often you hear words from God/Heaven with it. Then you may see it as a golden shining light, again as a flash with a Word. It is as if He puts His Hand over your eyes again (lest we as humans begin to think that; “Now I have got it”). There is nothing sweeter than to hear the voice of God. You may also “see” Him by suddenly knowing (QED) that He has met with you (expect to experience more later on; or, as time goes by).
It is of paramount importance that once you have experienced God not to ever turn back again to allowing sin in your life. Never put yourself in danger of sinning. Begin the day, and the night also, with the prayer already mentioned; prayed in one form or the other (if there is no time, then in a quick thought can be enough). Your prayer could be: “Lord now I give the responsibility to lead and to carry me through this day/this night, over to you”.
It may also be too complicated for some to pray through such a long prayer. The most important is to remember to “give over” to the Lord when you go to bed and again when you wake up.
You can then add to that as God guides you. Please read Isaiah 35:8, taking especial note of the end of v 8, “although a fool, (you) Shall not go astray”.
The entire chapter (Is 35) speaks of revival. We need not to be clever; if we try to figure it out with our minds we may do as the professor and his professor wife did; to simultaneously inspect the back of the car when the front bumped and got the damage.
If you are married and your wife/husband is a believer with you, then it is good if you commit yourselves together to the Lord; praying together.
His presence in you changes from theory to reality and it becomes the normal “thing” for you to commit the responsibility to take you through the night, protecting you from the devils whiles; I like to add, ”and remind me to pray likewise in the morning Lord”. Then do so in the morning again; sending the “reminder” forward, day by day.
All fear for the devil and for his demons ceases; they are bound and can only do that which God allows them and which turns out to be the best for helping you on. In Revelation 2:13 we find a church with victorious Christians “where Satan dwells” and even his throne is there.
You have “ceased from your own works”. (Hebrews 4:1; 4:10-11).
To re-cap: Remain a bad/serious/ awful sinner till He meets with you or you see Him. If it is as a flash; then do not be disappointed if it disappears again, as if He puts his hand over your eyes and hides it. We are still humans and God himself said to Moses; who spoke to Him as man to his friend and requested to see His glory (Ex 33: 18-22) “I will make all My goodness pass before you —- you cannot see My face — and live —- you shall stand on the rock (Jesus Christ) – will put you in the cleft of the rock (His body pierced for us) – will cover you with my hand – and you shall see my back”. He needs to hide it again lest we become proud in our mind.
You need, and should, have no more doubt or guessing about it.
This story may help us understand the matter: A tourist lady from Britain who was in Cape Town on a cold day, saw a scantily dressed (colored) boy; so she asked him: “Aren’t you cold, my boy”? The boy: “No madam”. The lady: “How is that possible”? The boy: “Are you cold in your face madam”? The lady: “No, I am not”/ The boy: “Well madam, I am all face”! If that boy is already “all face”, does it matter much whether we see God when He is approaching us; or from behind, after he passed”?