Why Doesn't God Reveal Himself?

The Universe Shouts With Joy

“Why doesn’t God just come out and reveal himself?” is the question that often gets repeated by seekers and skeptics alike.

The answer is in plain sight, but from generation to generation we humans tend to be ornery and self-absorbed, so with blinders firmly in place we go through life refusing to see conclusive proof. That stubbornness produces doubt, which with unfortunate ease, mutates into an inflamed hostility that distorts perception.

The tragedy is that despite protestation to the contrary, confirmation of the presence of God has been amply provided. Yes, there is mystery contained in the testimony of the physical world, but nature itself is the primary witness of God’s magnificent existence.

Perplexities abound and remain beyond our ability to fathom, but for those who truly seek God there are no limits to his majesty. The universe shouts with joy because behind its elaborate beauty and power is the One who gave it life out of nothingness.

"The heavens declare the glory of God..."
"The heavens declare the glory of God..."
"The skies proclaim the work of his hands..."
"The skies proclaim the work of his hands..."

God's Voice Is Always Speaking

King David of Israel expressed truth well: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” God’s voice is always speaking. The millions of glittering stars that decorate the nighttime were each put into place by our Creator.

Daytime skies range in color from the bluest of blue to shadowy shades of gray, with a radiant blend of every pigment possible depending on atmospheric conditions. And just to captivate our attention, twice daily there is an artistic light-show for all to see. At dawn and again at twilight the shimmering spectrum of the rainbow sets the horizon ablaze in glory.

The awesome marvel of sunrise and sunset is completely free of charge, yet we largely take them for granted. Day after day, night after night the cycle continues with a perfection that points inextricably to a Supernatural Designer.

All of creation bears God’s signature. He has come out and revealed himself again and again. There is an intricate precision and balance in the cosmos. From the vastness of the Milky Way to the microscopic experiments examined in a petri dish, there is order and chaos, complexity and simplicity.

The evidence is absolutely compelling and scientific: The baffling wonders of life could not be the result of chance. Yet with humanity’s conceited logic dominating the airwaves, many folks continue to dismiss the concept of a superior reasoning power at work.

A Code Written Within Us

Each individual has an inbred knowledge of God. There can be no mistaking the moral fingerprint that is present on each soul. Our conscience is imbued with an objective comprehension of right and wrong.

That definite inkling nudges us toward acknowledging the reality of God, but without exception we resist taking the step of faith. Humility is required, which has never been a characteristic embraced by humanity.

Pride rises up and we rebel against the code written within because we demand complete autonomy.

The revelation of God in nature, Scripture and ultimately in the person of Jesus Christ disturbs us because self-absorption reigns in our hearts. We do not want to be accountable to anyone for anything. Leave us alone and let us do whatsoever pleases us, thank you very much. The problem is that our choice to reject the imprint of God has dire consequences.

Sin, with all its ugly manifestations, is the addiction of the ages that plagues the human race. Our capacity to go our own way and revel in rebellion against God is well documented by the endless chain of heartache and misery that is the legacy of sin.

Without Excuse

A first-century theologian and part-time tentmaker from Tarsus explained it in his treatise to believers at Rome. Paul wrote with an inspired understanding: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

Human beings are without excuse. Our inclination is to put our wants and pleasures on center-stage, but we cannot glibly ignore what the heavens clearly declare. God exists and this is his world.

We inhabit planet earth solely because of his love; we are entirely dependent on his grace and mercy. Recognition of those facts is to begin to discern life’s purpose and meaning.

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

You have written a great Hub here, friend. I enjoyed it very much. It is not only well written, it is the Truth. Pilate could have used this piece.


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thanks, James. Much appreciated encouragement.

Pilate asked the question, "What is truth?" When in fact, Jesus (I am the way, the truth...) was standing directly in front of him.


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bdavis 7 years ago

Great hub Ken one point that stuck out to me was,

"...There can be no mistaking the moral fingerprint that is present on each soul." No mistaking only denial.

I have a new hub forthcoming that goes hand and hand with this. It will probably be titled, "Professing themselves wise, they became fools." It will be mainly a commentary of some who hold "Disparaging" views of Christianity for whatever reason. I list a few.


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

bdavis - Thanks. "No mistaking only denial.", is exactly right. I'll look forward to see your new hub.


Rick Marlow 7 years ago

Astronomy is one of my hobbies which I use as a form of praise and worship unto our great God. When I set up a telescope and admire His creations my whole being trembles and worships his majesty. How, how ,how can a person deny the existance of our God. It`s as you say, they don`t deny Him , they deny His authority. Just think! He knows every star by name. Hallelujah.


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Rick - A starlit sky can stir up worship in me. Thanks for your comments. Your hobby must bring you great joy. Blessings.


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jesusmyjoy 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

wonderful hub thank you


Rev. Neal Letteney 7 years ago

"The revelation of God in nature, Scripture and ultimately in the person of Jesus Christ disturbs us because self-absorption reigns in our hearts. We do not want to be accountable to anyone for anything. Leave us alone and let us do whatsoever pleases us, thank you very much." Great observation. Yuck.


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

jesusmyjoy - You're welcome. Blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Yuck is right, Neal. Truth hits hard.


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Born Again 05 7 years ago from Honesdale

An inspiring hub! Thank you for sharing!


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

You're welcome, Born Again 05. And thank you for becoming a fan.


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John Z 7 years ago from Midwest

Extremely well written and to the point. No debate here, a well sewn up argument! Thanks for a great hub.


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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

John Z - Thanks for the affirmation & encouragement. Blessings to you.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

God exists and this is his world and none of this is yuck, it is so beautiful. I believe that God has revealed himself to many in the world--as time goes on, the frenzied world we are now living in--I believe God will reveal himself more--an awakening seems to be happening. Do you see it?

Very nice blog to close off to tonight and go to bed and think about. Thank you Ken! nite-nite :)


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Ghost Whisper 77 - Thank you for your thoughtful comments. You are exactly right. Blessings to you.


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Marliza Gunter 6 years ago from South Africa

hi ken...God does reveal Himself...He did to me...He saved me from the synagogue of satan...dark cults...but later when i got to know Him...He showed me that He does not reveal Himself to the whole world now...but the day will come when the earth will sake and the stars will fall from heaven...that's the day when all...good and bad...rich and poor..dumb and smart will see Him...it will be a horrific day for those who hate God and does not want to repent...for those who love Him...it will be like heaven descended down to earth...it will be marvelous in our eyes...


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Marliza - Thank you for the visit & for your comments. Both are much appreciated. Blessings to you.


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TimeHealsAll 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Extremly well written! God is all around us. By the work of his hands he created all things. The proof and truth is right in front of us yet we turn from it and find more pleasure in the worldly ways. Our life here is but a vapor but in the truth that God offers us is eternity. Thumbs up Ken!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, TimeHealsAll. I appreciate your visit & am blessed by your comments. Peace to you.


Ulrike Grace 6 years ago

well put Ken, I enjoyed this article. I will bookmark this one to have on hand as yes, I agree it is a common question throughout the ages. It really does all boil down to our own rebellion and refusal to hear...we just plain want to do what we want to do...But when He touches our hearts and begins to draw, and we find we do want to hear, to see, acknowledge then thank you Lord, He does open our eyes to the truth. Thanks Ken for being one of the listeners and sharing what you have seen and heard.

Blessings

Ulrike Grace


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Ulrike Grace - Thank you. I appreciate your words of affirmation. Blessings to you.


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Richieb799 6 years ago from Cardiff, Wales UK

Some interesting remarks here, I love the pictures too, wish I had a telescope sometimes!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Richieb799 - Thanks for the visit & comments. Always appreciated.


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Amen, amen! Great hub filled with truth. God is always speaking, if we would only be still enough to hear and sensitive enough to recognize His voice.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

2besure - Thank you for dropping in for a visit. Your comments are much appreciated. Blessings.


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creationmom 6 years ago from Appalachia / North Carolina

Ken, Amen, I agree wholehearted. I currently teach breakout sessions on Creation vs. Evolution and I always include the verse from Romans 1, which you quoted. I just began hubbing two days ago and Creation/Evolution will be my main focus. I hope you will drop by and I'll be keeping my eye on you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

creationmom - Thank you for visiting & leaving comments. Much appreciated. Peace & blessings to you.


oluyomzy 6 years ago

God have revealed Himself to us in so many ways only that we are not spiritually sensitive and alert to his revelation , not until we see a super being descending from heaven. my brother though i may not know which area you asking your question from but i want to assure you that there is a set time for everything under the heaven. The bible says that the entire creations are waitng earnestly for the manifestation of Sons of God in a nut shell you are the revelation of God. that is why He made you in His image and he called you a small God cos you will judge the angels


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

oluyomzy - Thank you for stopping in & sharing thoughtful comments. Blessings to you.


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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

It is comforting to see another deep thinker in this subject on the internet. On the whole it seems there is more infatuation with turning a quick buck than putting worthwhile content that can change lives out for the masses. With this hub you can soldily claim to swim against that tide. I thoroughly enmjoyed your perspective and pledge to read more of your work.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Dobson - Thank you for your kind & generous words. Much appreciated. Blessings.


TheSablirab 6 years ago

Great read, Ken. Thanks for an intelligent, well-thought out, read.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

TheSablirab - You're welcome. Thanks for stopping & sharing encouraging words. Blessings.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Sometimes I think these things are hidden too because no one stops long enough to consider the things of creation. As stated above self absorption is distracting and time consuming. Some people never look up nor consider the wonders of nature that declare that He is...too busy with the things of this world. It still won't be an excuse He says. Nice thought provoking hub.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Tamarajo - Thank you for stopping in & sharing thoughtful comments. You are, I think, exactly right.


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yazoogal43 6 years ago from Malden

AS TO ASKING LITTLE JONNY WHERE GOD IS BY GIVING HIM A QUARTER, LITTLE JOHNNY SAID MR i"LL GIVE YOU A DOLLAR TO SHOW ME WHERE HE ISN'T. AND WHERE DOES IT SAY TO WORSHIP HIM IT SAYS BELIEVE AND BE BABTIZED AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED.IS THAT NOT A WONDERFUL TIME TO WORSHIP. YOUR SALVATION IS FREE. WORSHIP WITH EVERY BREATH. HE LOVES YOU WITH EVERY BREATH.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

yazoogal43 - Thank you for the visit. Glad you stopped in & shared. Blessings.


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Those who cannot see that God is in and of everything and are as you state self-absorbed-----all they need to do s go inbto the wilderness and spend a few days to a few weeks in that. Nature is all around us and is everywhere--even in that very small cubical that most of those with blinders on can't see past. Jesus said that everyhting is WITHIN you and so we must go inside of us to see what we are on the outside.

Great hub!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Lady Guinevere - Thank you. Glad you stopped in & enjoyed the visit. I appreciate your thoughtful words. Blessings.


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wierdlywonderful 6 years ago from Lutz, Florida

Ken, what a great hub. Thank you for heeding His call. People definitely make life much more difficult than it has to be. He gave us the play book, but we are too much in lust with our own moves. Praise God for sending Christ. He knew in the beginning we'd need a pure and perfect redeemer. I could go and on... God bless you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

wierdlywonderful - Thank you for stopping in & sharing thoughtful & encouraging comments. Blessings.


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Another excellent read! I enjoy your hubs a great deal, keep writing.


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Ken R. Abell 5 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Fluffy77 - Thank you. Your encouragement is much appreciated.


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Rob Winters 3 years ago

Great article Ken. You have a true gift for the written word. Up & Interesting & Useful :-)


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Ken R. Abell 3 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Rob Winters - Thank you. Much appreciated.


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Caleb DRC 3 years ago

Writinglover recommended one of your hubs--and I appreciate that she did-- so I checked out your site.

This hub is right on target. Creation reveals the Creator, and people are without excuse not to acknowledge it.

Ken, to get ALL your fine hubs on your profile: 1. go to your profile and click "edit profile", 2. scroll down to "show only featured hubs on my profile", and click "NO", 3. go a little further down and click "save changes". When you do this all your hubs will be listed on your profile.


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Ken R. Abell 3 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Caleb DRC - Thanks for stopping in & visited. Also, thanks for the information. I'll take care of that right now. Blessings.

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