"When I see God, I'm Gonna..."
This message is going to be a bit different, because it is primarily aimed at the unsaved. While you can read this if you are saved, you aren't the primary target...
No, instead, I'm talking to YOU. The one who thinks God is some kind of joke…
How many times have you, or someone else have said: "When I get to heaven and appear before God, I'm gonna tell him off!!!", or something to that effect?
Well, a little FYI for you...
First off, people were never in a habit of "telling" God anything. In fact, when his "friends" saw him, these were their reactions:
Moses (the one God chose to lead the Israelites out of Egypt):
"When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." Then He said, "Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." He said also, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. " (Exodus 3:4-6, NASB, emphasis mine)
Job ( A servant of the Lord who went through a bunch of trouble):
"Then the LORD said to Job, "Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it." Then Job answered the LORD and said, "Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth. Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; Even twice, and I will add nothing more." (Job 40:1-5, NASB, emphasis mine)
Isaiah (A major prophet of the Lord):
"In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory." And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." (Isaiah 6:1-6, NASB, emphasis mine)
Daniel (the one in the lion's den):
"On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the bank of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz. His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult. Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great dread fell on them, and they ran away to hide themselves. So I was left alone and saw this great vision; yet no strength was left in me, for my natural color turned to a deathly pallor, and I retained no strength. But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I heard the sound of his words, I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground." (Daniel 10:4-9, NASB, emphasis mine)
Peter, James and John (three of Jesus' disciples):
"Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!" When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground and were terrified. And Jesus came to them and touched them and said, "Get up, and do not be afraid." ( Matthew 17:1-7, NASB, emphasis mine)
John (same as the one in the previous selection, but an old man now):
"Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades." (Revelation 1:12-18, NASB, emphasis mine)
In all these instances, do you notice something? All of these people whom loved the Lord, fell down in FEAR when they saw him as he truly is!!!!
And scripture says this:
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" (1 Peter 4:17-18, KJV, emphasis mine)
Let me tell you somethng: God is NOT impressed with how "big and bad" you might THINK you are. Money, fame, power, prestige, a name, friends, you name it. NONE of these things affects God a lick. In fact, if it were not for God, not only would you NOT have them, but YOU wouldn't even be here!
More to the point: If all of God's FRIENDS fell in fear when he appeared before them, what do you think his ENEMIES will do when they stand before him?
And in case you're wondering: if you're not saved, you're his ENEMY:
"God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day." (Psalm 7:11, KJV)
"You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4, AKJV)
GOD DOESN'T PLAY GAMES. If you are unsaved, you WILL appear before him on judgment day, at the Great White Throne:
"Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne" (Revelation 20:11-12a, NASB, emphasis mine)
With even the heavens and the earth fleeing from His face, do you REALLY think YOU are going to tell God Almighty ANYTHING?
That is simply wicked fantasy, and a sin to even consider.
And while we are on the subject: if by some chance, you are thinking that your good deeds will outweigh your bad when you appear before God, think again:
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9, KJV)
God says of all of us:
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isaiah 64:6, KJV)
So, the next time you get the smarmy idea that you are going to "go up to God and say/do" ANYTHING...
And while you are at it, if God is truly all that, and he says you have SINNED against him, you had BETTER take notice of what his son Jesus said:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16, KJV)
"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6, NASB)
"that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED. " (Romans 10:9-13, NASB)
It's up to you, but keep this in mind:
If God is indeed that powerful and that awesome, and he says you have sinned against him and need HIS forgiveness, do you want him as a friend...
or an ENEMY?
The choice is YOURS.