Hi, dear readers and friends!
At the end of December, I started reading the book of Ezekiel in the Bible. Let me tell you, chapter 1 was hard to take in. It overwhelmed me with its great details of the “visions of God” that were given to the prophet, Ezekiel.
As I thought about my inability to understand them, a verse from a different part of the Bible was impressed in my mind. It must have been God who put it there:
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
What I felt God teaching me was this: that He is so completely beyond my level or yours. He is the almighty, all-powerful and only God.
“To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
He is seated in heaven…
Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart
to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
…worshiped and feared by angels…
And they [seraphim] were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
…and by all the earth.
All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing the praises of your name.”
He is majestic.
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
He is awesome and fearsome.
As the previously quoted Ecclesiastes 5:2 communicates, we should be mindful of how we approach such a great and mighty Being. He even tells us that wisdom begins with a proper fear of Him:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
A correct view of God and where we stand before Him should cause us to consider carefully the way we approach Him. It should cause us to consider whether we are giving Him the respect that is rightfully due Him.
God can do whatever He wants. There is no one to tell Him otherwise:
Our God is in heaven;
he does whatever pleases him.
He is justified in all He does and all He does is just:
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
On the one hand, it’s comforting to know that it’s His character to do what is right and good. On the other hand, He defines what is right and good, and it’s often different to how we might define them.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
This means that when we face difficulties in life, they may be hard and the emotions may be real. But God is still justified in allowing what He allows and permitting what He permits.
As per the verse quoted above from Proverbs, He is also justified when He conceals from us things that we would very much like to know. For example, I’m facing decisions regarding where I should live long-term. I wish that God would show me clearly and undeniably which path would honor Him most. But He is justified in revealing His plan to me when He chooses and the way He chooses to.
With that, I’ll leave you with some conversation starters
- Are you facing decisions, or are there things about your future or the Christian walk that you wish God would just make clear to you?
- If we are to fear God, then how should we understand Hebrews 4:16 which tells us that we can approach God’s throne of grace with boldness?
- Similarly, if we are to fear God, how then should we understand 1 John 4:16-18 which tells us that God is love and that perfect love drives out fear?
- Have you ever had a moment of intense realization that God is the ultimate supreme being Who does whatever He wants and is justified? I’d love to hear about it.
Resources for deeper digging
Psst! For more on:
- What the Bible has to say about God doing as He pleases, have a look at lamentations 3:38, Exodus 33:19 and Hebrews 12:28-28
- God being good, though He isn’t safe, think upon the words in this poem by my friend Ilana Reimer.
- God being just in concealing information from us, this article was of great encouragement to me.