The only way we can come into the presence of God is by accepting the very gift of Jesus – who took our sins on Himself
By Bruce Mewett
MERCY ME – What a group – how amazing are they – love their songs and the group is so devoted to our God – How tremendous!
Love the lyrics of their original I CAN ONLY IMAGINE – makes me really wonder what it will be like when we come before the Lord or Glory – the very Majesty of God, I feel, will be enough for us to almost melt in His presence.
Just listening to this song by MERCY ME got me thinking about how really mesmerizing and majestic is our Lord God – and really what sort of reverence we pay Him while we are here on this very earth that He created. Bit mind-blowing isn’t it.
Like in the second verse of their song, the guys from MERCY ME ask “what will it be like when we get to Heaven? – How will my heart feel? – Will I dance? Will I be still standing in Awe of God almighty or will I fall on my knees? Will I sing? Will I be able to talk at all?”
A thousand different questions but in my mind, the thing that stands out for me is that we will be in the presence of the Creator God and Jesus His son who died for us. The very thought makes me consider just how much reverence I am showing to God while I am here on earth?
So these things considered what does the Bible say about showing reverence to God and just how much will it affect our living? And how about going about our daily activities? Does reverence for God have or should have some sort of impact on our lives?
The Bible uses the word FEAR a lot when talking about our relationship with God and many times over the years I have heard people say “Oh No! We shouldn’t fear God – He is our friend and Buddy.”
To revere God (have reverence for Him) is in fact, in my opinion, fearing Him – having a horrible fear of displeasing Him. We should be standing in awe of God, of His sheer holiness, not wanting to disappoint Him in our lives. Honestly, I seem to do that enough, going through my personal life and never considering our God, the very Holiest of Holiest.
I/we need to get a grip here! God is the very essence of Holiness. So very holy in fact that we mere mortals can never get into the presence of God. His awesome holiness says that He cannot even look at sin. Not sure about you, but I seem to be the very essence of sin.
The only way we can come into the presence of God is by accepting the very gift of Jesus – who took our sins on Himself and dealt with them on that hill all those years ago.
This means that when we as Christians, who have accepted Jesus into our lives, finally come before the Lord God Almighty, His very holiness will look at us, and rather than seeing the horrible mess we have made throughout our lives, He will see Jesus. The one spotless and sinless only Son of God. Whose very sacrifice on Calvary covered our sin-drenched lives but, again, only if we decide in our waywardness to accept the perfect gift of salvation he offers.
So in lots of ways, how can we show any reverence for God while we are stuck here in this old bullet-flying, fire-starting, drought-stricken, flood-prone, crazy, mixed-up world when all around us everything seems to be going out of control?
I feel our very humility in the fact that we, while we are here on earth before that great day comes when we either pass from life to death or when Jesus comes again in all His amazing glory, is the time when we are so privileged to be able to be fully aware of being reverent to our God.
Psalm 89 verse 7 says (from the New Living Translation)
“The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. he is far more awesome than all who surround his throne”
So if the very angelic powers in Heaven stand in amazing awe of God, surely we sin-bound mere mortals can do the same. Mind you, it will take some doing!
It won’t come easy for us, because every single day we are confronted with this mixed-up world of ours – we constantly need to be putting bread on the table – constantly having to pay the bills – constantly hearing of the atrocities of so-called world powers fighting and bombing other countries – constantly being confronted with murder, rape, brutality, and thieving – constantly dealing with death, illness and family crisis.
That is why it is so essential to FIX our eyes on God at all times no matter what comes barging into our lives. Keeping our eyes on God gives us control over our reactions which in itself is pretty extraordinary.
God can give us a fantastic arm to lean on in THE most horrendous times we ever go through. In 2 Timothy 1 verse 7 it says: “For God gave us a spirit NOT of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
If God is prepared to do that for us, surely we can accept His amazing gifts with fortitude, gratitude, and utmost love and appreciation.
I truly believe that if for some reason I lose the very essence of reverence and in fact awe of God then I really do put in jeopardy my faith which would eventually dwindle away – God is far more to me than singing love songs and becoming besties.
My amazing Saviour, friend and awesome (in the true sense of the word AWESOME) King is continually there for me and is near me even when I am oppressed and weak.
I doubt I would be able to stand up to the world today in all of its conflicts and strange happenings if not for the steadfast and continual support of my amazing King and Savior. He is with me constantly even on the nights when things often go pearshaped for me
If I am constantly not in awe of God and His amazing mercies towards me, probably one of THE more terrible sinners, I will not be able to proceed with the ongoing journey through this maze we call life.
Trusting in God for strength and relying constantly on his love brings me an appreciation and a real reverence for Him. All of this only adds to my constant awe of God.
I am so undeserving of His love – The fact that He died for me and sinners just like me is the very sole reason I stand in awe of His holy name.
Heaven, Jesus, Almighty God, and Hell are all real – please DO NOT realize this fact too late! The opportunity to hand our lives over to Jesus and trust Him is right here right now and is open to you. Accept and trust Him today.
Proverbs Chapter 3 verses 5 & 6:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”
God bless you and may you have a real encounter with our Lord and Saviour.
Faith in God is believing His Word over anything you may see, hear or experience. Married to SueAnn and living in Newcastle NSW Australia – We both love Jesus – he is our strength, our Hope and our Redeemer.