Romans 1: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."
In this life, on planet Earth, we won't meet God, face to face. That will come when we transition to the eternal dimension. But we can know Him, just has surely, when we have met Him, faith to faith. Apparently we cannot know God at all unless He chooses to reveal Himself. God is a participant in faith, just as we are. It is almost as if faith is like a master translator of languages. If we are in a room where people all around us are speaking in a foreign language, their words would fall on our ears like the babble of water over rocks. There is sound without meaning and we are outside of the communication and the relationship that those words involve. But faith is a translator that takes the words of God and opens our understanding. When we grasp the meaning of the words we understand the magnitude of His love and the longing of His great heart to know us. Did we initiate faith...or is it a function or capability that we chose on our own? I don't think so. Just as the translator has language skills that we don't have, so we need faith to begin outside of our personality and we can no more take credit for our faith than we can take credit for the effectiveness of a good translator. We appreciate faith like we appreciate the translator, but we love and worship the source of the message...we don't worship the translator. Just as a translator can open our knowledge of a foreign culture and create new relationships with a people who were totally foreign, so faith can open our knowledge of Heaven and create new relationships with our Creator. Our potential for that relationship has been dormant until faith comes to awaken it. Once awakened, faith is at our side forever and the messages of Heaven await our ears and our hearts...as we choose to listen and trust. (Clearly there is a very close relationship between faith and the Holy Spirit!)