You may wonder how a servant of God as Paul the Apostle with his knowledge of the Word given to him by the Holy Ghost, with his knowledge of the mysteries of God, with his knowledge of the revelations of God and the third heavens and with all the gifts of God upon his life and ministry together with the sweet fellowship he daily had with God in his personal and devotional life to yet express a longing, and a craving to know more of God! He wasn’t satisfied. At a point in his life he just want to know more of God, he desired God to reveal Himself to him and he prayed –
“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection.” Philippians 3:10
Moses also, there came a point in his life and ministry when he craved and desired to see God. Though God speak to him face to face, God gave him His sure words of comfort, “thou hast found favour in my sight”, “surely, I will be with thee”, and God has used him to do so many mighty works, signs and wonders. Moses’ case with God was like a man with his very close friend, because, I’ll say, Moses communed or communicated with God per second, per second (because of the difficult children of Isreal), God walked with Moses.
God also chose to reveal the book of His creation – Genesis to him though Moses wasn’t even born then, but it please God to choose Moses, a man whom He found worthy to reveal to him His creation. Yet Moses was not satisfied, he cried, “Lord, show me thy glory!” what a desire! At this point, Moses heart was panting after God so much that he could not keep it to himself, he was ‘dying’ to see God as a man ‘dying’ to see his lover.
It is the same also with the psalmist who said“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” Psalm 42:1
This was their desires, and we all as true children of God at one point or the other in our lives, also have this desire within us, a point that we just want to see God just as he is and see him face to face, looking straight into His lovely eyes and never looking down again. But for now, as long as we are still on this earth, in this world, we cannot know all of God – you know why? Because he is an infinite God and we are finite beings. Ok, let’s look at a scenario of the infinite nature of God. This scenario will go from the practical and known to the unknown.
Think of you, a believer standing in the middle of two standing mirrors – that is, one mirror before you and another behind you. I’ll give the mirror behind you a number – 1. And the mirror in front the number – 2.
Diag. God at Infinity
Now, when a believer comes to Jesus (that is, being born again), he can only have access to God the Father through the Son. That is to say, to come to God, you must come to Him through His Son Jesus.
Remember the mirror behind I called number 1? That is God. And it says, “No man hath seen God at any time.” But, mirror number 2, that’s Jesus, says, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” and it says again, “I am the Way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me”
Because Jesus is the reflection of the Father (He’s the express image of the Father), the more you look at Jesus, the more you see but can’t see the end of Him. That’s the root of our desire. But thanks to God, this desire is not one-sided, for as much as we desire to see God and have a longing after Him, so also He is longing after his own (His children) to see us in his rest in glory on that day and He is praying for His own and not for “these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word”
“Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me” John 17:20,24
Nevertheless, while we are still here, He has never forsaken nor abandoned us, there is still comfort, strength and joy in the Holy Ghost, satisfaction and much more. All these we get from him when we have fellowship with him and seek him on our knees. All these he gives to his children to satisfy and sustain us in his love until He comes