Daily Reflections

God’s Otherness

June 26, 2023 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need. —Hebrews 4:16

Those who would draw near to God must do so with reverence and—to borrow a biblical descriptor—fear. Unless we grasp the reality of God’s absolute “otherness,” we will know Him only from a distance. It is a sacred irony that in acknowledging how far God is above us that we are able to draw near Him.

Reverence brings intimacy. We must recognize Him as both Yahweh (the One and Only Lord) and Abba (Father), two of His many names that display the breadth of God’s nature.

Where are grace and mercy found? Where can we, the children of God go to receive His tender gifts? To His throne. There, in the place where we can hardly see Him because of His over- whelming glory, we are welcomed, loved, and treated to divine blessings.

The One who is high and exalted is near. He is always both Yahweh and Abba.

Make it Personal

Look up other names of God and their meaning. Use these to guide you in a time of worship.