“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:15-17)
God does not show the same things to everybody. He reveals some things to some people and some things to others. The things He reveals to one person may never be revealed to anybody else. He never reveals everything to any one person, because no man can handle infinite knowledge. The Father does not even reveal everything to His Son Jesus.
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but my Father which is in heaven.“ (Matthew 16:17)
“Then Peter, turning about, sees the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrays you? Peter seeing him said to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus said unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow Me.” (John 21:20-22)
“But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” (Mark 13:32)
Everybody does not see the same thing. Two people can be standing right next to each other looking at the exact same thing and see two different things. The eyes of their heads may see at the same thing, but the eyes of their hearts will determine what they can perceive and what God is able to reveal to them. Some people are not meant to see some things, and some people are meant to see some things, but they cannot see it.
There are at least two reasons, the will of God, and the condition of the heart.
The Desires of Man
Some people desire to see and have some things, but it is not God’s will for them. No matter how much they may desire it, God will not reveal it or give it to them, because it is not necessary or best for them, or their character is developed to handle it at that moment without it destroying them. Some things God will absolutely refuse to grant, such as anything that is contrary to His moral laws, Kingdom ethics and purposes.
“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for until now you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able. For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are you not carnal, and walk as men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
“When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt You at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And He said unto them, ‘It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in His own power.’” (Acts 1:6-7)
“And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go your way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” (Daniel 12:8-9)
“But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.” (Matthew 13:16-17)
“For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.” (Proverbs 1:32)
When people insist on their desires God may still grant their requests, but it will not profit them. The children of Israel were not grateful for God’s provision and constantly complained about it. God granted their request, then turned them over to their unbridled lusts, and executed judgment upon them. It is better to be content with God’s provision.
“So they did eat, and were well filled: for He gave them their own desire; They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, The wrath of God came upon them, and killed the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.” (Psalms 78:29-31)
“They soon forgot His works; they waited not for His counsel: but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.” (Psalms 106:13-15)
Israel desired a King and insisted on being like everybody else. God testified against them, but gave them their desires, and it brought anguish, trouble, destruction, and the loss of everything they possessed for 1,000s of years by many evil and wicked kings leading them away from God’s ways. However, God’s will of being the only King over His people eventually prevailed 1,000s of years later when stealthily became a man Himself as King Jesus.
“And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto you: for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.” (1 Samuel 8:7,9)
The Holy Bible is an open book and a closed book at the same time. Anybody can read it, but only One Person can reveal it to anybody. Nobody can know God or anything about His Word, His Ways, or His Will, unless He chooses to reveal it to them by His Holy Spirit. There is no such thing as a self-made man though some love to claim that title. No man deserves any credit for anything, because man is the creator of nothing. Every good thought, word, and action of men are gifts from the Source of all goodness. There is no inherit good in anyone. God alone deserves all the credit and the glory.
“John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” (John 3:27)
“For who makes you to differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did receive it, why do you glory as if you had not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10-12)
“It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes unto Me.” (John 6:45)
“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)
The Desires of God
God Himself does not always get everything He desires. God desires all men to repent and come to the knowledge of the truth that they may be saved, but the majority of people are still lost and will be damned in the lake of fire eternally. God never desired for man to ever sin against Him and disobey His Word, but every man that has ever been born into this world from the Garden of Eden till today has turned away from God and sought their own agenda with the exception of The Lord Jesus Christ.
“Enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in there: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
God desired His covenant people Israel to receive Him as their King when He came to them in Person as a man, but they rejected Him and crucified Him on a cross. Everybody saw Him with the eyes of their head, but only a small minority saw Him with the eyes of their heart, even after He did the most spectacular supernatural miracles ever known to man right before them day and night for 3 years.
“And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 40:5)
“He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.” (John 1:10-11)
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kills the prophets, and stones them that are sent unto you; how often would I have gathered your children together, as a hen does gather her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, You shall not see Me, until the time come when you shall say, Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.” (Luke 13:34-35)
“And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he said unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him. Pilate said unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:14-15)
God desires to reveal certain things to certain people for their personal lives, families, households, businesses, and ministries, but the condition of their hearts prevent them from receiving what God desires for them to know and have.
“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God has revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-12)
What is the solution to this dilemma between the God’s will to reveal Himself, His ways, His Will, and His kingdom purposes to His people, and their ability to perceive it? The answer is found at the core of man, the root of the matter, the heart.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
“O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever!” (Deuteronomy 5:29)
“And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
“Therefore also now, says the LORD, turn even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repents Him of the evil. Who knows if He will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind Him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?” (Joel 2:12-14)
“Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:14-19)
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Hebrews 12:14)
Many people will not take the responsibility of personal discipline to change their lifestyle of iniquity (bent on pleasing self) to create an environment conducive to cultivating a receptive heart to God’s voice. Instead they subject themselves to the outside influences of their environment and everybody else’s will instead of God’s will.
“And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die. And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, says the Lord GOD of hosts.” (Isaiah 22:12-14)
“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:34-36)
After a man sobers up from his chosen lifestyle of drunkenness with the things of the world, and seeks God with all his heart by obedience to His truth, his heart will become perceptive and receptive to the good things God desires him to have in his life.
“Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” (James 4:8-10)
“Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:“ (1 Peter 1:22)
“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and has revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in Your sight.” (Luke 10:21)
“And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to you seed forever.” (Genesis 13:14-15)
If you can see it you can receive it. If you can’t see it you can’t have it.
God is waiting on you!