I read a random quote yesterday that went something like this: “Respect those who seek the truth; be wary of those who claim to have found it.” I like the first part, hate the second. I have found the Truth. Because I found Him, I now am on an eternal journey to keep discovering the depths of Him. He unfolds it season by season, and I must keep my heart exposed to Him, to His people, to His voice to keep growing. None of us have ever reached the point of “doneness”. Which can be discouraging, in our high-speed internet, google-your-way-to-expertise, celebrate-the-letters-behind-your-name kind of world. Or it can be liberating. Truth brings liberty.
In Isaiah 6, Isaiah gets transported to the throne room of God. Can you even imagine? He desribes it for us, but I’m sure it still pales in comparison. ” I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.” I heard one of my pastors once discussing how the Hebrew language doesn’t have tenses,and the word for “filling” in the context could mean it just keeps on filling. In Revelation 4, we get another insight to Heaven, where there are these four living creatures covered with eyes that are continually, night and day, crying out “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” And every time they cry out, 24 elders get up from their chairs, fall down before the throne and cast their crowns saying, “Worthy are You Lord, to receive glory and honor and power…”
I used to read that portion and get kind of discouraged by my reaction- it sounded pretty monotonous, pretty repetitive. I hoped by the time I was in Heaven that bored part of me would forever be eradicated, and I’d be righteous enough to live eternally in repetition. That was until I heard Jonathan David Helser talk about it, and describe how those creatures have eyes that see.
They keep seeing new portions of God’s character, and it’s so good they have to cry out- Holy!
(which means set apart, totally different then anything they’d ever seen or ever will see). Every glimpse gets better and better…it reminds me (in a very weak but still relevant way) of the delight that I can take in finding a delicious item on a restaurant’s menu: The Blue Cheese Burger. Yes, my spirit says, yes. Then I read the description:
-” Grass-fed Angus beef”- naturally
– “Aged organic blue cheese and a house-made blue cheese aioli” -double yes
– “apple wood smoked bacon from local farmers” -I’m officially sold
– “topped with fried onion rings and sandwiched with a pretzel bun”- I’m about to eat the menu
God is like that, but oh so much better.
We will never exhaust the riches of His character.
No one is an expert on Him. Not the angels who see Him every minute of every day, and certainly not people trapped still under an atmosphere and a galaxy of stars. So let’s all start fresh today, unwilling to be experts, so willing to be children; to let the delight of discovery and the eagerness to learn more of Him carry us away with renewed relish and overwhelming joy.
“Let your roots go down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7 NLT