by Verena Johnson
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‘Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them’ (Revelation 20:11).
John has a vision of judgement day and tries to describe the indescribable without even having the benefit of a handy thesaurus. He sees God seated on a great white throne. His presence alone is so mighty and so magnificent that everything else pales into insignificance and flees away.
That is the holy, magnificent, awe-inspiring God that is our God.
That is also the same God that we can sometimes worship half-heartedly and can take for granted in our day-to-day lives. We even try to tame him, explain him, put him into a box, or remake him in our own image.
We can forget just how incredibly, extraordinarily, mind-bogglingly great our God is. We can stop being amazed by the staggering truth of who he is. We can fail to be astounded by the inconceivable fact that the God who created the whole universe actually knows and loves us despite how insignificant we are.
God will not be tamed, explained, boxed or remade, despite our best attempts to do so. (I should know because I’ve tried at times!) He is Almighty God, after all. Ultimately, he will not be taken for granted or forgotten either. Especially when we eventually face him seated on that great white throne, which symbolises both his absolute holiness and his judgement.
As I write this, I can only imagine what it will be like when that day comes. I think about what it will feel like to finally see my marvellous God with my own eyes, and everything else will fade away and flee in his presence. I think about all the questions I have for him and all the things I want to be explained (and I do have a list). All the stuff of my life that seems so important now won’t matter anymore besides the awe, joy and wonder of being there with him.
I can’t wait for that day.
Dear God, forgive me for the times when I have forgotten that you are God or tried to make you less than God. Please remind me of who you truly are. Thank you that you know me and love me. I look forwards to the day when I will finally see you face to face. Amen.