God Most High, God Most Holy
—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:15, 16 ESV)
In his Chronicles of Narnia series, C.S. Lewis described Aslan the Lion as being kind, patient, and compassionate; yet wild, untamed, and fierce.
To describe God as a close Friend or a loving Father is entirely accurate, yet entirely insufficient.
My awareness of the nearness and acceptance of God should not keep me from acknowledging His sovereign authority, divine power, and unapproachable-ness.
Certainly I can (and do) approach His throne of grace and find mercy. But, at the same time, He is a God in whose presence I fall to my knees in reverent awe and absolute humility.
His God-ness is beyond my humanness.
His sovereignty is beyond my limited knowledge and perspective.
His strength and authority is beyond my capability.
He is alone worthy.
No one shares His glory.
Everyone bows to Him.
He is God Most High, God Most Holy.
He doesn’t need me, yet He loves me.
His perfectness didn’t keep Him from pursuing me.
I am loved by the God of all creation.
Though I can come boldly into His presence, I dare not come with arrogance or presumption.
To be known by Him is a privilege.
To be forgiven by Him is a debt I could never repay.
To be loved by Him is more than I can grasp.
Holy, Righteous God and merciful Father,
In a world that grossly underestimates Your glory and power, may I always magnify the greatness of Your name!
This reminded me of my study yesterday. I was reading over last week’s Sunday School lesson again—one of those that continues to gnaw at you. My class is studying the Ten Commandments and we were looking at the 2nd one. One section heading was titled “God condemns idolatry because idols distort our view of HIm.” God cannot be made into an idol because it can only show one side of God. He is not one-dimensional. I loved this line….”That’s the problem with pictures of God. The always conceal more than they reveal.”
And if we “focus on only one dimension of God, you will grow in a deformed way. Your life will not reflect the goodness, holiness, and mercy of God the way He intends.”
Thankful for His many attributes today and for your willingness to teach.