Why can’t we see God?
Here's the answer:
God doesn’t have a body like people do, and He’s also too amazing to look at with our human eyes!
God is a spirit, which means He is invisible to us. He doesn’t have a physical body like we do, which means He is not limited in the same ways we are. He doesn’t get sick, grow old, or get injured like we do. He can be everywhere at once.
But there’s another reason we can’t see God. God is so much more wonderful and powerful than us that it would be dangerous to see Him as He really is. Our human minds and brains wouldn’t be able to handle it.
In 1 Kings 19, we can read a story about one of God’s prophets named Elijah. Elijah needed God’s help, and so God told Elijah that He would pass by. God told Elijah to hide in a cave on a mountain. God showed His power in amazing ways—He sent a great wind, an earthquake, and a fire. As powerful as those things were, though, God wasn’t in them. God then whispered to Elijah. Elijah came out of his cave, but before he did, he pulled his coat over his face. Elijah knew that if God was powerful enough to send the wind, earthquake, and fire, then God was too amazing to look at.
One day, though, everyone who believes in Jesus will be able to see God. We will receive perfect, heavenly bodies, and our new eyes will finally be able to look at God.
"The LORD said, 'I will make all of my goodness pass in front of you. And I will announce my name, The LORD, in front of you. I will have mercy on whom I have mercy. And I will show love to those I love. But you can’t see my face,' he said. 'No one can see me and stay alive'" (Exodus 33:19–20).
"Dear friends, now we are children of God. He still hasn’t let us know what we will be. But we know that when Christ appears, we will be like him. We will see him as he really is" (1 John 3:2).