When you pray, how do you approach God? Numerous Christians visualize a holy, righteous being and approach Him with feelings of fear, unworthiness, and reluctance. On the other hand, many believers picture the Lord as a pal and talk to Him with little reverence.
Neither approach is healthy. Our finite minds cannot fully grasp that God is both loving and holy. So let’s first look at the righteous, fear-provoking side of the Lord. If we consider the forces of nature that God created and the amazing miracles He has performed, it’s easier to visualize the incredible power around heaven’s throne.
The first-century temple contained the Holy of Holies, where God’s presence resided. Only the priest could enter—and just on specified days, after ritual cleansing and preparation. If he did not get himself ready exactly according to scriptural rules, he would be struck dead.
To be in the Lord’s presence requires obedience. In fact, because of His absolute holiness and perfection, He is unable to commune with sinfulness, which is the condition of all mankind (Rom. 3:9). Therefore, every one of us is guilty and deserving of condemnation. Thankfully, though, God did not leave us helpless, but out of grace and love sent His Son to be our Redeemer.
Each page of Scripture can deepen our understanding of God’s greatness. Are you amazed at His presence and deeds? To understand more about His character, read and meditate on His Word. Then take time to praise Him, for He alone is worthy of our adoration.