Just Because G-d Is Hidden Doesn’t Mean He’s Not There

 

Here’s a beautiful thought from Sivan Rahav-Meir (translated from the Hebrew):

“In this world, in which G-d is hidden from us and does not reveal Himself to us, we grasp onto proofs for the existence of G-d like fish arguing about the existence of water.”

Published in General
This post was promoted to the Main Feed by a Ricochet Editor at the recommendation of Ricochet members. Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s growing community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

There are 10 comments.

  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher

    I could really use Him telling me His vision for me right now

    • #1
    • August 12, 2019, at 4:40 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  2. Stina Member

    God is comprehended by imagination, intuition, reason, touch, opinion, sense, and name and so on…

    While on quite the other hand, we find we can’t begin to understand him, so to some it seems a shame to go on.

    But he is all things in all. And he is nothing in many.

    He is often found in one thing small; conversely, he is often missed in many.

    – Thomas Aquinas, “Prologue/Babel”, Godspell

    • #2
    • August 12, 2019, at 6:07 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  3. Percival Thatcher

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I could really use Him telling me His vision for me right now

    You and me both, Bryan.

    • #3
    • August 12, 2019, at 6:09 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  4. Yehoshua Ben-Eliyahu Coolidge
    Yehoshua Ben-Eliyahu Post author

    Stina (View Comment):
    He is often found in one thing small; conversely, he is often missed in many.

    1 Kings 19:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

    God’s Revelation to Elijah

    11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice.

    13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

    Once there was a Jew named Yankel who came to his rabbi and presented a laundry list of his problems and needs. After a while the rabbi said, “My dear Yankel, please try to understand that life is not about what you need, but what you are needed for.”

    It is like Elijah and the still small voice inside that is G-d. And G-d asks Elijah “What are you doing here?” as if to say, “Why did you go into the wilderness? Your place is among other people where you can make a difference.”

    • #4
    • August 12, 2019, at 6:30 AM PDT
    • 10 likes
  5. Percival Thatcher

    Thank you, YBE.

    • #5
    • August 12, 2019, at 6:36 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  6. Yehoshua Ben-Eliyahu Coolidge
    Yehoshua Ben-Eliyahu Post author

    Percival (View Comment):

    Thank you, YBE.

    Hey Percy, your thank you just made my day!

    • #6
    • August 12, 2019, at 7:45 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  7. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Yehoshua Ben-Eliyahu (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    He is often found in one thing small; conversely, he is often missed in many.

    1 Kings 19:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

    God’s Revelation to Elijah

    11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice.

    13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

    Once there was a Jew named Yankel who came to his rabbi and presented a laundry list of his problems and needs. After a while the rabbi said, “My dear Yankel, please try to understand that life is not about what you need, but what you are needed for.”

    It is like Elijah and the still small voice inside that is G-d. And G-d asks Elijah “What are you doing here?” as if to say, “Why did you go into the wilderness? Your place is among other people where you can make a difference.”

    Thanks for the passage from Kings. I have always loved that encounter between Adonai and Elijah. 

    • #7
    • August 12, 2019, at 7:49 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  8. Percival Thatcher

    Hartmann von Aue (View Comment):

    Yehoshua Ben-Eliyahu (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    He is often found in one thing small; conversely, he is often missed in many.

    1 Kings 19:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

    God’s Revelation to Elijah

    11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice.

    13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

    Once there was a Jew named Yankel who came to his rabbi and presented a laundry list of his problems and needs. After a while the rabbi said, “My dear Yankel, please try to understand that life is not about what you need, but what you are needed for.”

    It is like Elijah and the still small voice inside that is G-d. And G-d asks Elijah “What are you doing here?” as if to say, “Why did you go into the wilderness? Your place is among other people where you can make a difference.”

    Thanks for the passage from Kings. I have always loved that encounter between Adonai and Elijah.

    I rather like the whole chapter. The angel showing up, twice. “Get up and eat … you have places to go and things to do.”

    • #8
    • August 12, 2019, at 8:21 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  9. Jim McConnell Member

    Thank you for both quotations, @Yehoshua Ben-Eliyah, they are very timely.

    • #9
    • August 12, 2019, at 10:07 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  10. GadgetGal Thatcher

    Thank you.

    • #10
    • August 13, 2019, at 4:25 AM PDT
    • 1 like