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


Recent

Archive

 2021

Categories

no categories

Tags

Anger Authentic Bible Body of Christ Broken world Centered Changed Child of God Chosen people Comfortable Discipleship Discipline Doubt Faith Following Jesus Generosity Gifts of the Spirit Giving God at work God's Glory God's call God's creation God's economy God's face God's leading God's light God's love God's plan God's presence God's voice God's ways God's way God's will be done God's will God's word God\'s Glory God\'s face God\'s leading God\'s light God\'s love God\'s presence God\'s will be done God\'s will God\'s word God\\\'s leading God\\\'s love God\\\\\\\'s love Godhead God Hands and feet of Jesus Hearing God Holiness Holy Spirit Jealous Jesus is Lord Jesus the healer Jesus Justice Kingdom life Kingdom of God Knowing God Laughter Light of the world Living Word Lord and God Lord Made new Newness of life Norms Obey Radical Transformation Recreate Refreshed Sabbath Sanctified Satan Saul Savior Seeing God Shalom Soulmate Spirit of God Standing before God Testify The Church The Gospel of Jesus Christ The Great Commission The family of God The new people of God The people of God Transformation Trinity Truth in love Truth Unconditional love Values Voice of God Weary Worship Written word abundance action affirmation anchor answered prayer anxiety arguments ask God asking God assurance attentive awe be ready believe born again born from above broken call to ministry calm caretakers celebrate children of God choice choosing comfort commandments community compassion confession conversation with God creation decision defending God dependent depression devotions direction discouraged distractions do no harm empowered eternal life evangelism evidence examine excuses expectations expecting God experience failure faint faithful fear finding God finding Jesus follow through forgiveness free from sin free will freedom gathered giving God the glory godly good news good works grace grief grieving guidance happiness hard hate healing helpless help holy living holy hope humility hunger injustice intentional intercesor intervene intimate joy knowing Jesus knowledge learning letting go life in the Kingdom life listening living looking for God love God love neighbor love self love loving God loving Jesus loving others mature meaning meditate meditation mercy ministry miserable mistakes motivation new begging new life overcome overflowing partnering peace persecuting Jesus persistence power prayer predestination priorities proclaim promises of God pure purity purpose real deal reconciliation recreated redeeming redeem refining refuge rejection rejoice relationship remember rescue response rest resurrection revelation righteousness risk rules sacrifice salvation sanctification scarcity scripture searching seeking God self-care selfish selfless servant servent service set apart simple simplicity simplify sinners sinner sin solitude spending time with Jesus spiritual disciplines spiritual exercises spiritual growth spirituality start over status quo stewardship steward storms stress struggle success suffering teaching temptation the unknown time with God tired together transfiguration trust in God trust understanding unexpected victory vision waiting on God walking with God wear out welcome wisdom witness wonder worries worry