This is sometimes how I think of God…As a friendly little spirit friend who is invisible but is always with me. He tells me what is good and bad, what to do and what not to do, but I don’t always listen to him because he’s a pretty soft-spoken, gentle little spirit as you can see. He’s always listening when I tell him all my little problems with girls and stuff but I don’t go to him with any real issues because that would be silly of me. —- No this is not really how I see God. But I recognized that I often times treat Him this way. I think subconsciously I sometimes put God into a nice little pink box with a baby blue ribbon on top. You know, something to cheer me up when life gets me down.
What I sometimes forget is that the God that I worship is in reality, a gazillion times greater than anything I can imagine.
I just want to share 4 examples: Job, Isaiah, Daniel, and John.
All of these people experienced visions of God or angels in an amazing way.
Job 38:1-5 “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: ‘Who is this that darkens my counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements-surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?’”
This continues for a while and ends with this response
Job 42:1-6 “Then Job answered the LORD and said; ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
Isaiah 6:1-3 “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and then the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth if full of his glory!’ And the foundation of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!’”
Daniel 10:4-9 “On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like a gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength. Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground.”
Revelation 1:12-17 “Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest, The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, ‘Fear not, I am the first and the last’”
How did I ever get such a small concept of who God is?
Lord, open my eyes. Teach me to honor you, and to live by your word. Show me my foolishness and allow me to see a glimpse of your greatness that I may stand in awe of who you are.