Enter At Your Own Risk
“Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight; so You are right in Your verdict and justified when You judge.” Psalm 51:4
Seeing God clearly will always result in a clear view of our own sinfulness. God’s holiness is a mirror into our own souls. In Him, we become dreadfully self-aware. We see our selfishness, our pride, our lack of zeal for Him, our hypocrisy, and our double-mindedness. This brings to mind one of my favorite parts of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
Don’t expect to come face to face with God’s glory and remain “safe.” Nothing will turn your world upside down faster than when God invades your heart. He will never do so uninvited; but when He does, everything changes. Meeting God personally through a relationship with Jesus Christ cannot happen without brokenness, because when we see God clearly, for the first time we see ourselves clearly.
This brokenness is two-fold. First, like King David in Psalm 51, we will be broken over our sinfulness. And not only our sinfulness, but by the terrifying truth that our sin is against God and God alone. Sin is a belittling of God—this is what makes it sin. This realization brings with it God-centered repentance…repentance that realizes God would be just to punish me. God is innocent; and I am guilty. Such brokenness results in the exaltation of God and the humbling of self.
But there is another kind of brokenness that occurs when we see God clearly. God-centered repentance brings with it a greater understanding of the depth of God’s goodness and grace. God would be just to damn me, and yet I am still breathing. This alone is cause to worship Him. He is not only holy, He is good, and He has chosen to love me. It is here that God’s children plead for more than forgiveness. We wanted to be changed. We want to know Him more, love Him more, and serve Him more.
Is drawing near to God safe? No. Is it worth the risk? Absolutely.
Dear Father, Give me the courage to see You as You really are. Draw me nearer to Your heart and show me my sin so that I can repent and experience the fullness of Your goodness and grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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