"Listen, you foolish and senseless people,
with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear.
Have you no respect for me? Why don't you tremble in my presence?
I, the Lord, define the ocean's sandy shoreline as an
everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross.
The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the boundaries I set.
But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts.
They have turned away and abandoned me.
They do not say from the heart, 'Let us live in awe of the Lord our God,
for he gives us rain each spring and fall,
assuring us of a harvest when the time is right."
He's big enough to crush the universe with His foot, but He's small enough to live in our hearts. He's strong enough to power every single one of the trillions of stars, but He's as meek and innocent as a child. He's fierce like a wild lion- a true king of the jungle, but He's as mild as a little lamb. He's the most fearsome, the most awesome, and the most beautiful being.
He tells us Himself in Job, that He KNOWS where light comes from. He KNOWS where darkness goes. In fact, He takes them to their homes! He knows the path to the source of light, He knows where the east wind lives. He created the channels for the torrents of rain, He lays out the paths for the lightning. He directs the movement of the stars. He directs the sequence of the seasons.
Do you know the laws of the universe?
Can you use them to regulate the earth?
Are you as strong as God? Can you thunder with a voice like his?
All right, put on your glory and splendor, your honor and majesty.
Give vent to your anger. Let it overflow against the proud.
Humiliate the proud with a glance; walk on the wicked where they stand.
Bury them in the dust. Imprison them in the world of the dead.
Then even I would praise you, for your own strength would save you.
All the knowledge that mankind has pooled together over the millenniums, it's merely a drop in the bucket. Out of His ocean of wisdom and understanding, we've discovered mere drops of the mist that He blows across the sea for us to catch. The things we know, we know because He has given them to us.
He created light with a word. He invented life. He never began, and He will never end. He IS. He will someday eliminate evil. In a moment, in a flash, all darkness will be gone. He, alone, imagined every law of nature, every mathematical and principle of physics, every function of every organ in every body. He organized the galaxies.
And we waltz into His presence demanding answers like we own Him.
We give him our shopping list and to-do list, and get frustrated when we think He doesn't deliver. We ignore His majesty, we ignore His power, and we expect Him to answer to His own creation. We were made FOR Him, not the other way around, people!
How is it that while we, the weak and mortal humans, are arrogant in the face of our Creator, when His own Son reveres Him?!
While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings
with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death.
And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.
If your father was the King of England, it wouldn't matter how close you are- he deserves respect. It doesn't matter who you are, or how powerful you are, you recognize his status and his authority. If your best friend was the Queen, it would not matter how tight your relationship was- you would show her reverence. The relationship is maintained just as before, but she is given the respect that her position demands.
God has adopted us. He wants us to talk to Him every second of every day. Sometimes I find, however, that I only think to talk to Him right before the tests I should have studied harder for. When I lose something, when I'm injured, when I'm stressed, I pray like He is holding every good thing from me, and I need to persuade Him to give me the things I want.
So many of our prayers sound like "God, please give us a good day... Lord, please help us do well at our game... Please give us peace... Give us joy... Give us a great time together... Bless this food... Keep us safe on the roads. Keep us healthy... I pray the concert goes well... I pray we don't mess up... I pray we don't get hurt..... in Jesus' name, Amen."
Have we forgotten that when we pray to God, we are entering into His throne room? We are in the literal presence of the Almighty God- the One who demands perfection, the One who invented righteousness. And how do we approach Him? Sometimes, even less respectfully than we would our own parents. When was the last time you marched to your parents or guardians or boss or employer and gave them a list of the things you wanted and needed, and then walked out? It's unheard of, really. It's rude, it's arrogant, it's not your place.
I implore you to examine how you approach our Master. My resolution is to come to Him not as I'm falling asleep, not as I'm eyeing my waiting food and saying the practiced words in a rush, but on my knees. On my knees where I belong. In the quiet of my room, though I long to go to bed, I will make this room a place of holiness and reverence.
He is the One who holds my soul in His hand. He is the One who has sent His very own perfect Spirit to guide me. Little ol' me! I have the privilege of being filled with the very Spirit of GOD.
Notice that even when Jesus prayed, in Matthew 6, He did not jump to His requests. He acknowledged God's Sovereignty. Jesus WAS God, but even He did not come into God's presence demanding anything. He said "Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name."
We are lowly sinners. Dirty thieves and liars. And yet, we've been invited into the House of GOD every minute of every day. Who do your prayers focus on, God, or yourself? When was the last time you sat in silence, and came to grips with who He really is? When was the last time you accepted your place?
And the question I would like to challenge with is this: When we pray, who is in charge? Do we try to pray in a way that reflects God's will, and accepts His sovereign authority, or do we list our own requests with the idea that WE know best, and He needs to do what we say?
Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable,
let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.
For our God is a consuming fire.
If dates are semi-formal, if banquets are meant to be fancy, well, I think coming into the presence of God should be a black tie event!