I know I have said it before, but our dusk and sunsets here in Arizona really are quite breathtaking. I recently walked across the street to snap the above picture of my house and my neighbors. It was hot, and about 100 degrees that late in the evening, but it was very quiet in the neighborhood. All you could hear were the birds singing, if that. I think they must have been worn out from the heat!
And so I stood there, as it quietly became a personal moment to behold GOD’S glory. Honestly, I didn’t want to move and HIS peace surrounded me……..I wanted that moment to last forever! It was as if GOD was saying “behold, MY GLORY………see ME.”
I walked around to my back patio and caught this picture facing west and obviously it was taken from a different vantage point. When we behold HIM, I think we need to gaze upon the LORD from all angels. We all have a different vantage point to gaze upon HIM. But look what I found right in my own backyard, because I took the time to go seek!
DO YOU PURPOSEFULLY SEEK HIM?
With every 24 hours, GOD is asking us to behold HIM. So how do we accomplish this? To behold our GOD is a process in working out our salvation. Are you intentionally working it out friends?
Don’t we need to behold HIM first and foremost above all else?
In this broken world, sin abounds and wrongdoings are everywhere. Unforgiving people cause heartache and anger and then bitterness and resentment. This anger seems to be all around us and it is infecting our culture…….have you noticed?
I believe you become more like what you behold……..you embrace what you behold with all heart and soul. You carry it with you and whatever you behold soon becomes your priority.
REVELATION 21: 3 “BEHOLD, THE DWELLING PLACE OF GOD IS WITH MAN.”
Did you catch that? The dwelling place of GOD is with man……..how can we not behold a GOD that loves us that much? GOD is the ONE who has reached down to us while we were still sinners, and sent HIS only SON to die on a Cross for all our sins.
I believe the more I desire to behold my GOD every day and the more I seek HIM, then the more I know and learn of HIM which causes me to worship HIM with all my heart.
Our cell phones make it so easy to capture a moment in time that helps us remember where we were and why. The why of it is important to me. The taking the time to go outside, even in the heat and capture HIS glory before it was gone was a special moment, a sacred moment at that. And that is the thing, if you wait, if you procrastinate, those moments with HIM could be gone! Let us worship HIM and behold HIM, finding and seeking those moments in time, every single day…….
ISAIAH 6:5 “AND I SAID: “WOE IS ME! FOR I AM LOST; FOR I AM A MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS, AND I DWELL IN THE MIDST OF A PEOPLE OF UNCLEAN LIPS, FOR MY EYES HAVE SEEN THE KING, THE LORD OF HOSTS!”
ISAIAH’S vision was that he was aware of HIS GOD and painfully aware of HIS sin because he took the time to behold HIS GOD.
We can behold GOD in HIS word and in prayer and fasting and in worship…….and even then, our efforts are foolish compared to our Sovereign, Omniscient GOD who is perfect. Let us behold HIM only in reverence and in awe.
The evil in this world right now has me looking only for the lovely and only for the goodness. I choose to dwell on the LORD and HIS word and all HIS mercy and grace. Scripture says……
EZEKIEL 43: 2 “AND BEHOLD, THE GLORY OF THE GOD OF ISRAEL WAS COMING FROM THE EAST. AND THE SOUND OF HIS COMING WAS LIKE THE SOUND OF MANY WATERS, AND THE EARTH SHONE WITH HIS GLORY.”
GOD’S glory has been seen for centuries by man, but man was moved by GOD to behold HIM. Let’s be clear, it is not our idea in the first place. GOD designed us to behold…….only HIM. Let us search our hearts and be careful if we are beholding anything or anyone around us. If we are, then we are in danger of letting someone or something else be the LORD of our lives.
When we behold our GOD, we wake up to the true reality of who GOD is and that kind of reverent worship transforms us. Our faces shine with the light of our Sovereign GOD and our souls are fed with all that is good because our GOD is so good.
Today, take the time my friends to BEHOLD……..YOUR………GOD! And as you go through your days, keep your gaze always upon HIM!
EPHESIANS 5:15 “LOOK CAREFULLY THEN HOW YOU WALK, NOT AS UNWISE, BUT AS WISE.”