God is eternal, immutable (never changes), and omniscient (knows everything and every act). He is love, mercy and righteousness but above all … He is HOLY. He is Spirit so it only makes sense that only the spirit of man can truly know Him.
Song of Solomon 2:14 (New International Version)
14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely
Did you know that as a believer you can enter into His prescence? In the Old Testament, the Holy of Holies was separated by a thick veil made of fine linen embroidered with multi-colored yarns. Some say that there were actually 2, one on top of the other and they overlapped in the middle so that there was never a chance of anyone except the chosen priest to catch a glimpse behind it.
This veil was ripped, from top to bottom, when Jesus died on Calvary. Top to bottom is signifigant because the room was a perfect 20cubits square. No one could possible reach up and to rip it. It was too high and the fabric was too thick. Only God Himself was able.
We are His ransomed people and we no longer need to stop in fear outside the Most Holy Place, yet we settle for living just outside the veil and never enter into His prescence. Some of us have an opaque veil on our hearts that is made up of our fleshly, fallen nature. It’s a multitude of self sins – self love, self righteousness, self pity, self confidence etc etc. It is living, spiritual tissue. This self-veil can only be removed by spiritual experience. We must freely invite the Cross to do its deadly and destructive work before we are truly free. Yes the Cross is rough and deadly but it’s the only effective way. You don’t hang there forever …. eventually you die.
Through this death we are given true freedom. Freedom to call ourselves His children. Freedom to boldly enter into His throne room. When we enter in the pain is forgotten and replaced by overwhelming joy. Our chief purpose in life is to glorify Him and enjoy His presence forever. He invites us in. He desires hearts that will freely break with love for Him.