So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” Genesis 32:30
Standing before someone of extreme high authority and power can often make a person nervous. Those who are called into stand before a boss are often scared, not knowing what may happen. The boss has authority to remove them from a position.
In ancient times, anyone who was called before a king had a legitimate reason to be scared. The king had the power and authority to kill a person if not pleased with the person.
Jacob had a meeting with God, face to face in a field. Afterwards he realized he had met God directly and was not killed. God spared his life.
When meeting people in high positions of power, there are some people who do not realize the power and authority of the person. They go in as though meeting an old buddy, not someone of authority.
In the same way, many will go before God, not realizing His power and authority and holiness. Every person has sinned against God and deserves death by the most extreme punishment.
God has no reason to spare anyone’s life, yet, He does. God allows His great love and mercy to rise up and spare the life of every person. He gives them a chance to believe in Jesus and have their sins removed, making them holy and pure.
Although Jesus has provided for removal of sins, there are some who continue in sin, believing God will still spare their lives. Without repentance, one should fear going before God. There is no mercy for those who refuse to repent.
However, with repentance, God is a loving and merciful God and will forgive. One can meet with Him face to face and have his life spared from destruction.
God loves you and wants to meet with you face to face. Believe in Jesus, repenting of your sins and allow Him to make you holy so that you may stand before God clean and holy. Be willing to flee all sin, turning to God and live the life He has for you.
God is waiting for you to come to Him. He is calling you to have a meeting with Him. You do not have to fear destruction, if you are trusting in Jesus and following Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of your sins before God; that you will be willing to meet with God face to face; and that you will know the love and mercy God has for you.