Deuteronomy 4:12 (KJV) “And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.”
Why is there such an emphasis on image and appearance? True beauty is found beneath the surface and in order to discover it, we must be willing to invest some time into the object which has captured our attention. In like manner, over time, humanity has attempted to construct an image of its corresponding deities based upon what it feels the deity should look like. Oftentimes, the image is a mere reflection of its creator and bears no resemblance to the True Deity.
In this situation, the emphasis has been shifted from what should have been the main point of focus (the teachings of the deity) to attempting to humanize the deity. The point being…we only want to believe in what we can see without realizing that if you can see it, then there is no need to believe in it. It does not take much effort to believe in something that you can see. Conversely, it takes much more effort to believe in something or Someone you cannot see.
It is within our human nature to want to associate a face to the person with whom we are speaking. So we tend to find difficulty in believing the inspired words given to us from the Invisible Godhead. However, by investing time in reading, studying, and internalizing these words, we soon realize that the words are no longer mere words written on a page. They truly become God-breathed and we are able to accept them as we begin to understand that “…they are spirit, and they are life…” (Jn. 6:63).
The Body of Christ must refocus and shift our emphasis from the external image back to what truly matters…and these are the things of God. This is not to say that we should neglect everything else. It is a call to prioritize every facet of our lives and place the greater importance on the things which will influence our decisions and our lifestyles.