For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:11-12)
Take A Good Look At Your Knees
The stories we like to tell about what we plan to do when we meet God are remarkable. People say they want to ask the Lord why He allowed suffering and pain. Some are conflicted with the abuse of children planning on discussing such with God. It seems everyone has a plan on how they are going to interrogate Jehovah God Almighty when they get to Heaven. There are so many worldly and earthly concepts of what it will be like in that day that find no foundation in scripture. It is almost like God owes us and when we finish with what we want to do and understand that the Lord God will then be so gracious to allow us to enter Heaven. Included with these worldly notions are streets of literal gold and living in mansions where we get to meet our neighbors and have picnics on eternity’s shores. Nothing is further from the truth.
Take a good look at your knees. That is about all you are going to see when we ‘stand’ before the Creator of this world and Awesome God. There will be no arguments with God about why this and why that. No one will stroll up to the pearly gates and have long talks with the men and women of old. We will not be there for a family reunion where we dine on fried chicken with our parents, siblings, wives, children, aunts and uncles. There will not be one religious group in this corner and another in that corner and each believing they are the only ones there. In fact most people will never see Heaven.
Paul declares plainly that coming in the presence of God will be a humbling experience for every person – every soul. All men will be bowing down before the I AM. Rich men, poor men, great men, small men, presidents, dictators, righteous, unrighteous and all those who lived on the face of the earth. Everyone you know and everyone I know will be there. Every person you see today will be there. And we will all have one thing in common – our knees will be bowing and our tongues will be confessing. When the sentence of judgment is passed most will be cast into outer darkness. Only the few will continue to see the radiance of a loving Father as eternal life begins.
The truth of it is we have no idea how incredibly awesome it will be to be in the presence of God. Moses could barely contain the passing glory of the I AM and we expect to do ….. what? Every knee is the story. Every tongue is the story. Knees will be bowed and tongues confessing. Glory to God. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created. Amen.
The imagery of the heavens as being two thousand millions light-years in diameter is awesome when compare to the tiny earth, but trivial when compared to the imagery of the “hand that measured the heavens.” (Fulton J. Sheen, Old Errors and New Labels, 1931)