God Is for You


Sometimes we’re so caught up in Jesus’ kindness and humanity that we forget He is also God Almighty.

“When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it.” 2 Chronicles 7:1–2 (tniv)

Have you ever wondered what exactly God’s glory looks like? Smells like? Feels like? Is it rolling clouds of smoke, acrid and harsh? Is it extreme heat or extreme cold? Is it blinding light? Is it like a sandstorm, whirling and strong?

Maybe it’s all those things. But whatever it is, it was so intense, so strong, so awe-inspiring that the Levitical priests couldn’t enter the temple. Were they physically blocked from entering? Or, were they so afraid they didn’t dare enter?

In the Transfiguration, Jesus shone like the sun and became blindingly white. In Revelation, when the Apostle John saw Jesus, he passed out completely. Jesus’ glory is beyond human comprehension, so powerful, so frightening, so magnificent and so terrible at the same time, that the priests couldn’t approach the temple, and John fell down as though dead.

This is the same Jesus who called us His friends, who loves us, who gives us grace. Sometimes we’re so caught up in Jesus’ kindness and humanity that we forget He is also God Almighty. He is both Kind Jesus and Awesome Jesus.

FAITH STEP: Close your eyes and try to imagine how John might have felt. Try to imagine the awesomeness and awfulness of Jesus. This is the Jesus who is on your side. If God is for you, who can be against you?

Written by Camy Tang

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