Genesis 3:7-11 “7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ 10 He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’ 11 And he said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’” NIV
When we read this passage, we might, among other things, imagine the wonder of hearing God walking around in the garden, and hearing Him speak audibly. Is it possible, however, that Adam and Eve could actually see God, too, before their eyes were opened to the knowledge of good and evil? Think about it. It’s not like they walked around blind before they ate of the forbidden tree. Prior to this, there was nothing in them that was evil, nothing that would hinder them from complete and unbroken relationship with God. God had breathed His breath, His life, into Adam, and made Eve from him. There was no sin yet. All they could see was life as it was created to be, so it is probable that they really could see Him with their natural eyes.
Imagine, however, going from that place of knowing and seeing God to hiding in fear from Him – the very One Who created them and filled their beings with His Presence. Because of sin, their eyes were opened to a completely different realm. Now they cringed just hearing His steps. How far they fell in one quick moment, bringing all of mankind with them! The only difference was that the rest of us never had a chance to see Him face to face and fellowship with Him in the garden, completely unhindered. What good news we have, though! Because of the blood of Jesus Christ, we can be restored to fellowship with the Father!
Even when we receive the glorious salvation of Jesus Christ, making Him Lord of our lives, our natural eyes are still assaulted by the sin in the world all around us. We still don’t see as Adam and Eve saw before the fall. We can’t see our Father with our natural eyes, but God hasn’t left us without hope and help. He has given us His Word.
Philippians 4:8 “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” AMP
As we think on, weigh, and take account of the things that are true, worthy of reverence, pure, etc., even fixing our minds on them, we, too, will begin to “see” God. We won’t have to fear the sound of His nearness. The descriptive words in this verse certainly apply to Him; so, if we will do what He tells us to do in it, we will see increasingly with His eyes – from His perspective – even if we don’t physically see Him. We will be able to see past the sin all around us, because we aren’t focused on it, but on all that is lovely and lovable, kind, winsome, gracious, worthy of praise, etc. After all, God is not blind to the things in this world, yet He looks upon them through the finished work of Christ at the cross. He looks upon Jesus Christ’s righteousness – and He ministers from that place. When we see the way He sees, we, too, will minister in mercy, grace, and love. From this place, and only from this place, we will actually be able to help others see Him!