Ezekiel 1:28 – 2:2 Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking. And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
Revelation 1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not…”
The power to stand before God comes from God. We may protest that the records of Ezekiel and John are visions. But what are visions if not God-given windows on the truth? We might also recall the experience of Job who long sought an interview with God, and when it finally came, said, “I lay my hand on my mouth.” Isaiah trembled along with the temple in Isaiah 6 and finally said, “I am ruined.” Peter witnessed the revelation of God’s glory in the person of Jesus and could only say, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
Glib, off-handed, and careless worship reveals nothing about God and much about us. It testifies to how far we are from real encounter with him. When real encounter happens, all fall down. (Philippians 2:9-11) The only question then is who among them will stand up?
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and the strength of his might. He caused Ezekiel to stand. He raised John to heaven itself. He strengthened Isaiah and Peter and sent them out on mission. He can do the same for you. When we can’t, he can.
What a wonderful Savior he is!