When I was a small boy, I would wonder greatly at the things I heard preachers say about God; He is so holy; has never sinned; He lives within us; He is so big; there is nothing that he cannot do. They also said that He lives within us despite being and having all the above attributes. Well, all of them are true and fit the God I love but the question that troubled me then was, “How can this be?” How can a God who is as big as they say live in a small me? How can a God so holy live within a man so filthy? When we asked about where the Lord lived, our elders told us that He lives somewhere very far- we can never go there! My lofty ideas about God that were learned from others were accurate, alright, but they left me with this wonder point- How can he be too high and too here at the same time? This I wondered much when the pastors went on to say in a time of song worship, “God is here with us today. It does not matter what you have done. It matters what he can do now to change what you have done.” These words were a contradiction of sorts! He is so holy; I am so sinful; he is high in the heavens and he is here with us. I could chew that because of Jesus’ humanity but beyond that, it was a problem. The plot thickened when I considered later in my teenage years the battles I had with wrong and lustful relationships, pornography and filthy music… I almost could not reconcile this thought; the Holy God, who dwells on high and does not withstand sin, can live with sinful humans (called me) down here on earth where there is a lot of sin and rebellion! Impossible! How can that be?

Well, years later, I have met with people who are hung-up in the same mire of the question, “how can it be?” Is that not blasphemous a thought? To think that holy God can reach down to us. Surely, he is so lofty and high and beyond reach? Many who are caught in this reckless cycle of sin dismiss themselves too fast, too soon in the sight of God. They suppose that their drinking, fornication, lusts, addictions, filth, and every sin they may have done, has the power to make God delink from them so much, to even spare a thought! Well, Jesus said that he came for the sick for they are the ones that need a doctor. He died for us while we were still lost in trespasses and sins, following the prince of the power of the air. He ransomed us while we were weak and sinful. He who was too high to be reached, in the person of Christ and the Holy Spirit, he has come down to us. No wonder we sing Light of the world, you stepped out into darkness… he invaded our hearts while they were still cold, with hot love! In fact, when he is born his name was Emmanuel, meaning God with us! And he came not for the godly as we are reminded; the righteous (Jesus), for the unrighteousness (men)! That is amazing truth right there. He is not too far for you to reach him.

    • Are you lost in doubts about who he is? He is too high but too here.

    • Is the addiction getting the best of you and showering you with shame? He is too high but too here.

    • Is your past a big source of guilt? He is too high but too here.

    • Has your anger and resentment caused you to be hateful and full of bile? He is too high but too here.

    • Have you sold all of your essence to the wrong lovers and now you feel empty and worthless? He is too high but too here.

    • Are the trials and troubles of life seemingly evident than all else that all hope is lost? He is too high but too here.

    • Are you feeling all alone, despised, forsaken, vile, and as scum of the earth or left over, second-class citizen in comparison to others? Even now, He who is too high is also too here.

Our God is high but he also dwells in the contrite hearts. He says that he cannot turn away a contrite. That is what we are supposed to pursue- a contrite heart. A broken heart that the Lord never despises. Are going through all the above and more? Are you wondering if the Lord is there for you- even you? Well, the promise is sure that much as he is too high, he is also too here. He is Emmanuel. He is omnipresent. He is the God who reaches down though he is high and exalted. Moreover, he came for sinners. Yes. Even sinners like you! Are you reaching back towards him?

Isaiah 57:14-15 ESV

And it shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way. For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”


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