"Most people are casual about God because they don't have an accurate picture of him." ~ Francis Chan
I have been listening to a lot of Francis Chan lately. Not sure if anyone has noticed....
We talk about God's holiness, his majesty and power, but what about the significance of what it will be like to actually be in his presence?
"Imagine standing in the presence of perfection?" Chan asked in one of his sermons.
The more I read and imagine what it will be like to meet my God , the more I want to go. The more I crave that intimacy with the Creator that no other intimacy will ever be able to replicate.
After reading these passages, how could I not want to fall down and worship this God?
How could I not be impacted by this Being in heaven who is unlike anything a human has ever seen or conceived?
My emotions are stirred when I imagine this heavenly Being who lives in "unapproachable light," his robe fills the entire temple and he has the appearance of jasper and ruby.
"A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne." ~ Rev. 4:3
In today's culture, we do not revere the name of God enough. In the Old Testament they wouldn't even say the word God. They would never causally call him God but Hashem, which means the Name. His name is so sacred they didn't even want to say it. Our lips aren't even worthy of saying his name.
Nowadays we are like, yeah, God this and God that. I don't do the 'God thing.' Man do you understand Who you are talking about?? My whole mission in Simi Valley— when i clearly understood what God was like— that's when I got serious about God.
He is not some little old man sitting in a chair. Do you understand how the Bible describes him? We can't be casual about this.
"Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.'
In verse 2, it says, "with two wings they covered their faces" - I'm sure I have read this before, but this particular sentence never stuck out to me with that much significance before. I never noticed the impact of such words. God is so filled with glory, even the angels cover their faces in His presence. And they call out to each other "Holy, holy holy is the Lord Almighty" day and night.
Wow! God's glory and thus the worship of him is not a self-seeking thing. I used to loathe the idea of going to heaven and bowing down to this God all day and night. "How arrogant," I thought.
Then I began to get to know this God intimately and my entire perspective changed. I can't box God into an understanding of human nature. God is not human, nor can he really be compared to the desires and thoughts of a human.
Isaiah 55:8: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord.
A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,'
who was, and is, and is to come."
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
'You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.' "
When I think of who God really is, all I want to do is bow down and worship this God because he is worthy of all praise. He is glorious, majestic,
right, "compassionate and abounding in love," (Exodus 34:6) perfect, pure, powerful and all of his ways are just, even if our measly little brains cannot comprehend them.
What are you doing to ensure you have an accurate picture of God? Be careful you don't just take someone else's word for it, but discover who this God is for yourself. How would you like someone to formulate an opinion of you based on what other people say without taking the time to get to know you?
I know I wouldn't, and God doesn't want that either.
" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,' declares the Lord, 'and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,' declares the Lord, 'and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.' "
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