Read Psalm 24
Focus on verses 3-4
Who is qualified to stand in the presence of God? According to these verses in Psalm 24, pretty much only Jesus Christ would qualify. So where does that leave the rest of us? It leaves us in need of grace. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace we have been saved through faith, and this not of ourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast.” The bottom line here is that the only way we can qualify to stand in the presence of God is through a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we confess to God that we have sinned and need His grace, He is faithful and just and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. He is just in doing this because Jesus has already paid the penalty for our sin when He died on the cross. God poured out the judgment you and I deserved and laid it all on Jesus so that you and I could know the freedom of redemption by grace.
So the long and the short of it is that by our own efforts we do not meet the qualifications and we fall short of the requirements to stand before God. Through Jesus however, we are justified, therefore we can stand before God – not by our own righteousness – but by His. It is quite possibly the best deal known to man…trade in your sin and guilt and sentence of eternal death and separation from God for a new eternal life in Christ. It does require that we give up control of our life and turn that over to God, but when we are really honest with ourselves, we realize that we never really had control of our life at any point anyway. We may have had the illusion of control at times, but for the most part the choice we have before us is will we allow the devil to control our destiny? Or will we give it over to God?
I don’t know about you, but I think I will go with giving God control of things even if He leads me into situations that I find challenging and painful at times.