My Unapproachable, Approachable God.

–God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Who alone is immortal and Who lives in unapproachable light, Whom no one has seen or can see, to Him. I Timothy 15-16a (NIV) 

Unapproachable.

The word rings warning like a coiled, hissing Ball python.

Don’t. Come. Closer.

In the personal relationship with God that I’ve enjoyed since high school, I’ve always felt welcomed into His presence. It’s only been difficult when shame attempts to suggest my willful disobedience makes Him unapproachable.

But my authentic confession of sin afterward breaks those unnecessary chains and cleanses me from unrighteousness. (I John 1:9) It reminds me, once again, how much He delights in restoring what I’ve broken and lavishes me with grace.

Over and over and over.

In that way He’s entirely approachable.

Hebrews 4:16 assures me I can (and am encouraged to)…

Approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

The image of Jesus welcoming children en mass, rebuking the disciples who saw these little ones as a nuisance, demonstrates God’s approachability.

So then, what about this...

–God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, Who alone is immortal and Who lives in unapproachable light, Whom no one has seen or can see, to Him. I Timothy 15-16a (NIV)

Which is He, approachable or unapproachable?

Both.

Altogether holy and, therefore, unapproachable by sinful human beings and Who lives in approachable light. He also welcomes me to His throne because of the blood of Jesus, offered as an atonement for the forgiveness of sins.

He’s my High Priest forever and makes a way for me to enter the Holy of Holies.

Jesus is why God, who lives in unapproachable light, is approachable.

I love that He both welcomes me into His presence while maintaining complete power and authority, the one and only holy, Almighty God. 

May this simple, yet essential, truth encourage you to enter and remain in His presence and receive help in time of need..

Mary

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2 Comments

  1. Linda Meares says:

    Approaching God has always been a problem for me. I don’t feel worthy to be in His presence but I know I am His child and should always stay near. Sometimes, in my busy world, I forget about God but I know He never forgets about me. I am blessed!

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Oh you most definitely are worthy, but I do relate to feeling that I have no business coming to Him. Thankful for His unfailing love, unwillingness to forget us, and that He sees who we are in Christ.

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