A meeting with our supervisor at our place of employment can be arranged almost any workday. It might be more of a challenge to meet with the president of the company – although not impossible, we would have to work around his schedule. Meeting with the city Mayor would be an event that would require more preparation; and to meet with the Governor would be nearly out of the question. As average citizens, we can’t even imagine ourselves meeting with the President. Requesting a personal meeting with someone of such an important office is very unlikely. How about a meeting with God?
The prophet Isaiah declared an eternal truth that should move us to awe and wonder. He wrote: “You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways.” (Isaiah 64:5) He is referring to God meeting us! He is referring to the one and only true GOD: the eternal, all powerful, all wise Creator and sustainer of all the universes; the faithful, unchanging God who delights in mercy and truth; God who is perfect and holy, who loves us with everlasting, unchanging, unconditional love and wanted so much to forgive our sins and bring us back to a right relationship with Him that He offered His perfect, sinless Son Jesus to die in our place. This is the God who meets us!
Because He is the initiator of all good things, He meets us! We don’t arrange the meeting; He does! Getting an appointment with Him is humanly impossible. No planning or effort on our behalf could ever arrange a meeting with Him! Not because He’s too busy tending to everyone else, or to all the catastrophes in the world; but because He is too holy and righteous to meet with us in our sinful state. Nothing we ever do could make us worthy to be in His presence; but with a deep longing to meet with us, “He made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6) We rejoice because we have the righteousness of Jesus Christ as our assurance that He will meet with us. God took the first step towards meeting us when Christ, who knew no sin, became sin for us “that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)
When we remember God, His love, forgiveness and acceptance, we also recall His mercy and grace towards us. This causes us to worship Him and rejoice in the righteousness of Christ that is ours. He is faithful to meet us just as He met King David, who testified “You meet him with the blessings of goodness” (Psalm 21:3) God arranges the meeting…is there any meeting on earth that compares to that?