As God IS

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped. - Revelation 5:11-14Yesterday I wrote that every one of us hold on to an “unless” or two when it comes to God.  Today I want to take that conversation forward from this moment in Revelation where John describes a scene of wonder and awe that is beyond our capacity to comprehend.  We get a glimpse of God the Father in all His holy, holy, holiness and we see Jesus the Son in His full display of glory.   The scene is what we could call an “unless-free zone.”  Nobody in the scene is saying, “Unless you draw me a diagram God, I won’t understand the honor you are due.”  No one is demanding more evidence.  No one is raising their hand and saying, “Unless you prove it, I will have a hard time trusting the obvious fact of your radiant glory God.”  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are revealed to exist in an “unless- free zone” - a state of patently obvious beauty and perfection.Think about that truth for a moment.  The great God of the universe is so completely perfect He does not need to, and should not have to, meet any of our “unless” requirements.  He is so holy that He has every reason and every right to ignore, overlook or punish anyone who would dare question Him.  Consider how we normally react when we have proven our ability to others or we have done everything asked of us to earn someone’s trust and they still present one more “unless” to us.  Don’t we get irritated and say things like, “I’m done trying to convince you,” or “What else do you want from me?”What about God?  What is the living God’s response to our uncertainty and suspicion – our “unless” requirements? I'll share some of my thoughts to this question tomorrow.