The Eclipse of God's Power
"Where are they who are oriented enough to warn people of the great dangers of looking upon the holiness of God without the protection of the shield of redemption found in Christ Jesus?"
Last week we experienced a very notable, unmistakable demonstration of God’s awesome power gaining worldwide attention. We were awed by the unique experience of the solar eclipse. Some peoples’ lives were radically impacted by this celestial marvel. There were descriptions of this event that ranged from the eclipse being a miraculous celestial sign to a normal periodic phenomenon. From the President of the US and the First Lady who donned their special eclipse glasses, to the local children who looked at the eclipse through pinholes in paper casting a shadow onto the sidewalk, people were captured. Schools suspended classes for students to be able to watch it, businesses coordinated break times to enable employees to see it, and some people even traveled to be able to be in the “optimal” location to experience it. Special glasses were manufactured to allow people to watch it without danger to one’s retinas. It was a big deal!
Throughout the days leading up to the eclipse, warnings began to be repeatedly issued that great danger exists during an eclipse. If a person looked directly at the eclipse great damage would happen to the retina. Although during the very brief period when the moon was positioned exactly before the sun totally eclipsing the sun one could look at it, if one looked too early or late the rays from the sun that damage the eye would not be attended by the light and a person could look at the sun without realizing that their eyes were being damaged. People were warned time after time to be careful to avoid looking directly at the sun. The media, scientists, teachers, neighbors, everyone sought to warn others of the dangers surrounding the eclipse.
It seemed ironic that people were greatly exercised regarding the dangers involved in looking at the sun when partially obscured by the moon yet there is little concern about the event when a person stands before the One who created the sun, moon, and everything else. What will become of a person who has been warned not to look at the sun, but has no concerns about the standing before the One who is a “consuming fire” [Hebrews 12:29], or the One who “dwells in unapproachable light” [1 Timothy 6:16] who no one can see and live? Where are they who are oriented enough to warn people of the great dangers of looking upon the holiness of God without the protection of the shield of redemption found in Christ Jesus? Oh, that we would be more concerned for souls of people than we are for their retinas! Let us who know Christ be occupied sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and His saving grace to those in danger of unprotected exposure to the holiness of God!