In Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love, he opens by telling us to STOP praying. He says, “What if I said, ‘Stop praying’? What if I told you to stop talking at God for a while, but instead to take a long, hard look at Him before you speak another word? Solomon warned us not to rush into God’s presence with words. That’s what fools do. And often, that’s what we do. (Chan, Crazy Love, 25)” I believe that the verse that Chan is talking about is Ecclesiastes 5:2. It says, “Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart and utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” I think that Chan and Solomon have a very good point here. To really prepare ourselves to go into God’s presence we have to truly understand how amazing He is and just stand in awe of His awesome power.
Something that I have struggled with in the past is entering God’s presence after failing miserably. I felt unworthy and disgusting before God. Often I would “run” away from God because the feelings of guilt and shame were keeping me from seeking Him in times of trouble. I have let this keep me from enjoying God’s grace because I felt like I didn’t deserve it. I now know that I don’t deserve God’s grace but He chooses to love and forgive me anyway. Don’t let feelings of guilt and shame keep you from entering God’s presence and surrendering everything you are dealing with to God. He wants you to come to Him with your problems, guilt, and shame. He wants you to realize that you don’t have to be perfect to spend time with Him. If we had to make ourselves perfect before we could come to God, nobody would be worthy of His presence. That’s why God sent His one and only Son to die on the cross so that we would be made perfect in the eyes of God. Jesus’ body was broken for us and His blood was shed so that our filthy rotten hearts would be made as white as snow.
Writing about this reminds me of a song that Lecrae wrote. The songs name is Take Me As I Am. It talks about how you can’t fix your broken, messed up life all on your own. You have to come to Christ and that with Him you can be fixed. That God will take you as you are no matter how bad you have messed up and how many times you have messed up. You can only be fixed if you allow God to come into your heart and change you from the inside out. How can He do this if you don’t meet with Him? You will just keep wandering through life trying to fix and impossible problem that only God can fix.
Don’t let your mistakes keep you from meeting with God. When you feel like you are unworthy and disgusting before God, this is the enemy trying to keep you away from a meaningful relationship with God. Exodus 33:14 says, “The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'” Let the Spirit of God work within you as you enter His presence. Let God change you from the inside out, because no matter what He will take you as you are.
In God’s Grip,