The verse on my heart for today is one that fills me with awe. And honestly, the more our Sovereign God reveals Himself to me on my journey, the more often I am awestruck. Here is one of those many reasons:
Yahweh lives in unapproachable Light.
Ok. So we’ve been talking about God being Light, sharing His Light with us, using His Light to draw us to Himself, etc. (If you have missed the other posts in my Light of Life series, see here.)
Either way, whether you have been following my posts or not, if you are a believer, it is likely unsurprising that God lives in Light. But look what kind of light it is: unapproachable.
That may be awe inspiring, but how can it be hopeful or comforting?
Oh, I can’t wait to tell you!
First, let’s look at what the words lives or dwells mean. (Hold on, I think you’ll love it!) It means to “inhabit, dwell, indwell.” Do you know what word it is from?
Oikos. It means “a house, dwelling, habitation” – properly, to make a home; living “at home” (i.e. comfortably) because it is one’s residence; “to be at home.” I love it!
The Sovereign, Eternal, Self-Existing Yahweh is at home and “comfortable” residing in Light so supremely pure , so entirely bright, so perfectly majestic that no human can approach it!
That concept alone should bring us to our knees in reverent worship, even holy fear. But lest you be faint of heart, read on…
Because of Jesus (see Hebrews 4:14-16), we can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Wait. What can we do?
Approach! We can approach God’s throne of grace!
We can approach the unapproachable? How? Fearfully? Trembling? In dread? Without Christ, I would imagine those would only begin to describe the appropriate response to such magnificent holiness.
But in Jesus Christ, the Light of Life, who “is able to save to the uttermost (completely, at all times) those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25 ESV),” we can approach, draw near to, the unapproachable Yahweh’s throne of grace.
Do you see that, dear ones? With confidence! Freedom. Openness. Boldness.
And what do we get from Him when we approach His throne?
Mercy. Grace. Help in our time of need.
Oh, Yahweh, Light of Life, I stand in awe of You!