Holiness

A Catalyst For His Presence

27th JULY 2020

Christ for Youth International

The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. [ Rev 4:10–11 KJV]

God is indescribable. Nonetheless, each of God’s creation bears some semblance to the nature of God. As a result, God uses these semblances to help us have some perspective when He describes Himself to us. That is why when Moses asked God how he was to describe Him to the Israelites when they asked, God told him to tell them that He is the “ I AM That I AM.” Whew- what a description! It meant that no name could limit who He is neither can He be likened to any other. He is to us all things.

That is why the Bible writers who encountered God in His habitation take time to describe the details surrounding Him so they can perchance, in turn, describe Him. It is almost like when Queen Sheba was trying to describe the wealth and wisdom of King Solomon: she had to describe the attire of those present at the table, the food and all that she saw in order to express the extent of his wealth and wisdom.

Sometimes, in describing the Lord of creation, our words fail us.

Let us consider the description of the four living creatures in Revelation 4:8. John, the writer, says that “…COVERED WITH EYES, INSIDE AND OUT” you can only wonder how that is possible; it is unimaginable. If these are the awesome beings in the presence of God, surely our words will fail us in an attempt to describe God Himself.

Thus, whenever we think of encountering (hosting) God, then we have to bear in mind that we are coming to the presence of an unfathomable being who is “Holy”. If we do not have the holiness of God in mind, then hosting Him will be a challenge. It also means that without holiness, we are probably hosting other gods and not the “I AM That I AM”.

Heavenly Father, please help me to live a holy life; a life that will honour You. Amen

Further Readings: Isaiah 6:1–5

Bible In One Year: Jeremiah [40–43]

CLG 2020 — DAY 1

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