Morning: Matt. 27:57-28:8; Noon: 2 Kin. 4:8-6:7; Evening: Psa. 76
There are definitely some strange ideas out there about finding and seeing God. I recently came across one article who quoted a certain Jewish Rabbi who shared in psychedelic experiences with the infamous Timothy Leary in the 60’s.
“Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, a veteran psychonaut and founder of the Jewish renewal movement, once said: “To understand the depth of religion, one needs to have firsthand experience. It can be done with meditation. It can be done with sensory deprivation. It can be done a number of ways. But I think the psychedelic path is sometimes the easiest way, and it doesn’t require the long time that other approaches usually require.”
The closest truth that Rabbi Zalman probably stumbles upon is that of meditation, i.e. prayer. But to say that it can be done a number of ways and then go on to arbitrarily list a number of places, even a place that involves altering the mind with natural or man-made chemicals just in order to get there, is an absurdity that believers and unbelievers alike should scoff at and ridicule.
The fact of the matter is, God is not in whatever place we wish to box Him up and contain Him. When Jesus was buried, both Marys sat across the tomb and watched His stone rolled across the door of the tomb (Matt. 27:57-61). When they returned to see Jesus, He wasn’t there! The angel who rolled away the stone said, “Come, see the place where the Lord lay,” but of course the Lord was not there (Matt. 28:6). Thus, the angel said, “He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you” (Matt. 28:7).
Indeed, if we shall see God today, we must in similar manner to the days in which the Jewish exiles out of Egypt sought the Land of Promise and the place of worship, “seek the place where the LORD your God chooses,” (Deut. 12:5). You will not see God on Sundays at home all alone or just with your family, while believers abroad obey the command to come together every first day of the week and honor God with their gifts (Acts 20:7). You will not see God in sexual relationships outside the marriage covenant, a place where God has turned His face away from and extended His hand with judgment (Heb. 13:4). Instead, you will only see Him where the Lord God has instructed as the angel instructed both Marys. A place where worship, servitude, righteousness, soberness, fellowship among believers, and godly living dwells (Acts 2:40-47).
There you will see Him!