Wholly Holy!

jesus-410220 - pixabay - use freelyWe’ve been taking the month of January to pray through the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God.”  Stopping to consider various names and characteristics of God can help focus our thoughts and our actual prayers to be more God focused than self focused.  Take a moment and think about today’s attribute of our Heavenly Father.

quoting from the Navigator tool:

God is holy.

God’s holiness is not simply a better version of the best we know. God is utterly and supremely untainted. His holiness stands apart—unique and incomprehensible. 

And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.” And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”       Revelation 4:8–11    

When we study the Bible and examine the lives of every hero of the faith, we discover one central theme.  Not one is consistent.  For example, one day Abraham is capable of amazing acts of faith, and the next he commits some terrible sins.  The same thing could be said of Moses, David, or any New Testament person of God.

It’s obvious that the one thing in which human beings are absolutely consistent is that they are totally inconsistent.  Paul describes this struggle for steady living in Romans 7:14-16;

“I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.”  (The Message)

We can also see man’s version of being “holy” in the gods he creates for himself.  If you study the Norse gods, the Greek pantheon, or the Roman gods, it becomes obvious that they are all depicted as moody, arrogant, capricious, and vindictive.  You could say all these gods reflect us, their creators.

But God is never in a bad mood, or anti-social, nor is He ever different than He’s ever been.  He is consistent in His personal right-acting.  He is indeed holy.

So, as we pray, let us join with the angels… “holy, holy, holy is the Lord.”

I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.  Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God?       Psalm 77:12-13 

Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the Lord our God.       Psalm 99:9    

Think about it.

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