A Sage Tells How to See God


A young man went to a sage and inquired, "Tell me how to see God."

The old sage said, "Come with me," and led him to the back of his house where there was a pond."

The young man thought, Oh good! He is going to baptize me, and then I will see God.

Sure enough, the old man took him into the pond and lowered him beneath the water. The young man began to count: 1,2,3...8, 9, 10, then 20, 21, 22, and 35, 36, 37. Finally at about 40, he thought his lungs would burst. He forced the sage's hand away and lunged for air.

"Now," said the sage, "when you want to see God as badly as you wanted air, you will see Him."

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). When we seek God with all our hearts, one part of our heart is not wanting God while another part is wanting our own desire. Those who seek Him are not satisfied with anything less than what God most longs to give us, which is more of Himself.

"Keep on knocking [reverently] and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7 Amp.). When we knock asking in His will, the door is always opened. He is eager for our communion! Jesus longs for our times of fellowship with Him. If we are not enjoying loving fellowship with Jesus, it is because we do not want it with all our hearts.

I thank You, Father, for Your promise: "Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you" (James 4:8 NLT).

"The desire of the righteous shall be granted" (Proverbs 10:24).