The Almighty is beyond our reach. (Job 37:23, NIV 1984).
My Musings – There is more to this verse, but the thought conveyed here is what I wanted to emphasize in today’s musings. It is more than physical distance that keeps Him beyond our reach. Reaching Him is far beyond our capability. Satan, “who was the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty…blameless in [his] ways from the day [he was] created till wickedness was found in [him]” (Ezekiel 28:12, 15, NIV 1984), thought he could reach the Almighty and even become like Him. He said, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:13-14, NIV 1984). “But [he was] brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.” (Isaiah, 14:15, NIV 1984).
Yet we were not beyond God’s reach. “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels…He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:6-7, 9, NIV 1984). The highest angel could not reach God, so Jesus became lower than the lowest angel in order to reach us.
My Advice – What parent has not reached down to take the hand of their toddler, who could not reach their parent’s hand? What compels a parent to stoop down to take that toddler’s hand? Perhaps now, we understand in part, the love of the Father. I say in part, because “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39, NIV 1984).
Yet some toddlers refuse to take the hand that is offered, insisting that they can do it themselves. Even though they could never reach high enough. That is our predicament, if we do not take the Hand that is offered. Won’t you “put you hand in the Hand of the Man from Galilee?” Don’t stretch for what is beyond your reach. Because “when [you’re] down on [your] knees that’s when you’re closest to Heaven.”