The Unapproachable Approachable God

Text: Psalm 97:2
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. (NRSV)

This verse describes the inapproachability of God.  The holiness and pure righteousness of God make God inapproachable.  In Exodus chapter 33 verse 20, God plainly tells Moses that no one can see the face of God and live.

The image of think darkness also gives the sense of our inability to understand God.  When we don’t understand something, we often express it by saying that we are “in the dark” when it comes to that subject.  When you are cloaked in clouds and darkness like on a dark foggy night, you lose your way and your ability to know exactly where you are.  You are unable to perceive what is around you or understand your surroundings.

But this is not what God wanted for the people God created.  God has always desired an intimate relationship with people.  It is our sin that keeps us from seeing God’s face.  It is our sin that keeps us from understanding God’s ways.

This is why God sent his Son.  Jesus is the light of the world that dispels the thick darkness that has surrounded God.  Jesus the Son acts like the sun in dispersing the clouds of fog that would hide God from us.

It is also Jesus who brings us safely into the presence of God with no fear of our destruction, only the melting away of our imperfections and our sins because of the forgiveness we have received at his hand.

Do you want to see God?  Look to Jesus.  Do you want to understand God?  Look to Jesus.  Do you want to approach God?  Come to Jesus and confess your sins that you might be forgiven.

Pray with me:
Dear Jesus, take away my sin that keeps me separated from your Father.  Cleans me and renew me that I might see your Father and understand all his ways.  AMEN.

Related Posts

No Comments




no categories


Bible Body of Christ Changed Chosen people Discipleship Doubt Faith Following Jesus Generosity Gifts of the Spirit Giving God at work God's Glory God's call God's face God's leading God's love God's presence God's voice God's ways God's will be done God's will God's word God\'s Glory God\'s face God\'s love God\'s will be done God\'s will God\'s word God\\\'s love God\\\\\\\'s love God Hearing God Holiness Holy Spirit Jealous Jesus is Lord Justice Kingdom life Kingdom of God Knowing God Light of the world Living Word Lord and God Lord Newness of life Radical Transformation Refreshed Sanctified Saul Savior Soulmate Spirit of God Standing before God Testify The Church The Gospel of Jesus Christ The Great Commission The new people of God The people of God Transformation Truth Voice of God Weary Worship Written word action affirmation anchor answered prayer anxiety arguments assurance attentive awe be ready born again born from above call to ministry calm comfort commandments community confession conversation with God creation defending God depression devotions discouraged empowered eternal life evangelism expectations failure faint faithful fear follow through forgiveness gathered godly good news grace grief grieving happiness hard healing help hope humility injustice intentional intercesor intervene intimate joy knowing Jesus learning letting go life in the Kingdom life listening living love God love neighbor love loving Jesus mature meditate meditation ministry miserable motivation new begging new life overcome partnering peace persecuting Jesus power prayer proclaim promises of God pure purity purpose redeeming redeem refining refuge rejoice relationship remember rescue response rest resurrection revelation righteousness risk sacrifice scripture self-care selfish selfless servant servent service set apart simple simplicity sin solitude start over storms stress struggle success suffering teaching temptation the unknown time with God tired together trust in God trust understanding unexpected victory vision waiting on God wear out witness wonder worry