Who Wants to See God?
21Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 25See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29for our God is a consuming fire. —Hebrews 21, 25-29
C. S. Lewis said in reference to Matthew 5:8, “It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.”
Inside the heart of all those who know Christ—the pure in heart—is this longing to see the Lord. We want our faith to become sight. We want to have what we were created for; intimate and immediate fellowship with our Creator God.
Inside the heart of all those who do not know Jesus Christ is just the opposite. The conscience of one who has rejected the message of Christ does not want to see God. There is an inherent understanding that meeting God will bring judgment and they are not ready for that. It is the feeling many of us had as children who were carrying home a note from the teacher or principal knowing that when our parents read it, we were done. Only many understand now that this meeting with our Heavenly Father will be far more epic than the one with mom or dad. The consequences will be eternal and devastating.
Who wants to see God? Those who love Him and serve Him. And no one else.
And the reason is clear from the passage above. In the last verse the author says simply and powerfully, “Our God is a consuming fire.” You can’t read that and not be stopped in your tracks. Earlier in the passage he spoke of, “a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them” (Hebrews 12:19). The whole thing is based on the account from Exodus 19 of the people of Israel at Mount Sinai just prior to the giving of the Law. In the presence of God even Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”
Who wants to see God now? Even for believers it will be something that cannot be taken lightly or casually. —Todd Dugard
· If I stop to think about it, do I truly want to see God?
· Have I ever been fearful of seeing God? Has that changed over time? Why is that?
Prayer – Almighty God in heaven, You are the LORD of all. You spoke and everything came to be. Your holiness is above all. I, along with Moses, also “tremble with fear.” But I am so thankful that You made a way for me to come dwell with You through Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You that through Him, my relationship with You can exist and grow deeper. Help me long for Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.