I recently listened to Paul Washer’s video “Holiness of God” on youtube. He does an amazing job of taking us into the reality of the awesome and fearful purity and holiness of God. If we can keep in mind this reality…and right next to it His perfect Abba Fatherhood, intimacy, love, faithfulness, forgiveness, mercy, and redemptive blood soaking the earth!!! then we stand a chance of knowing Him. His fearful mightyness and His intimate Papa natures.
We seem more given to forgetting one or the other… seeing only one of these at one time, making Him either fearsome (and by association with this quality, distant, uncaring, unresponsive), or a sweet daddy that by consequence is toothless and cannot inspire holiness. Or otherwise averaging these two amazing natures into a mediocre little “god” who looks more like us than GOD. But both, together, softens our hardened hearts, stretches our puny intellect to glimpsing the Eternal One!