Imagine, then, how much more nerve-wrecking it would be to meet the ultimate perfect being—God.
As the creator of the universe who had planned for each one of us long before we were born, He would be able to see through all our “filters” and pretence. We might be able to hide our imperfections from others by showing them only what we want them to see, but God knows our every feeling, thought, and action.
In the book of Psalms in the Bible, Israelite king David, who had a very close relationship with God, acknowledged His ability to see him as he truly was.
“O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!” (Psalm 139:1–6, NLT).
Would we be too fearful to meet God, knowing that He can see all our imperfections and failures?
Well, here’s the good news: Although God is holy, perfect, and righteous, He does not expect us to be perfect when we come to Him. Why? It’s because He loves us dearly and wants to have a relationship with us—in fact, He loves us so much that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, into this world to deal with our imperfections on our behalf. He paid the ultimate price for our imperfections, dying on the cross so that we can be accepted into God’s presence.
This means we can now present ourselves to God exactly the way we are—raw, imperfect, and unfiltered. When God looks at us, He does not judge us by our looks and our physical traits, unlike what the world does. Instead, He looks at the heart. And, because of Jesus, we have His stamp of approval. There will be no more need for filters.