Holiness and Reverence

Isaiah 6:1-7 (ESV)

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

When the prophet Isaiah sees the Lord and immediately says, “Woe is me!”, it causes me to wonder about myself. Have I lost the sense of awe and reverence for the Lord that I should have?

Many Christians today speak of God as their best friend, and seem to have lost all sense of reverence. I am not certain that this is a good thing. While God calls Himself our Father, and His Word says we are co-heirs with Christ, We are still as children in the Father’s house.

When we leave this life, we will see God face to face. I am certain that when I see God, It will be an awesome experience and as the song, “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me states, I don’t know what my reaction will be. Yet even the Seraphim–who serve God day and night–depicted above cover their faces with two of their wings. This makes me think that perhaps we need a sense of the holy to be restored. We need to muse over the character of God. The purity and power, the perfection and majesty, and we need to have a proper fear of the Lord. Not a fear like He is going to come down and wipe us out tomorrow, but a fear of His capability to do just that. A fear of recognition that He is 100% pure and holy, and that He cannot tolerate ANY sin or impurity.

This also reminds me of the song, "Holiness" by Wayne Watson. you may listen/watch it here: https://youtu.be/guc5clkxaYA

God will not be mocked. Choose to serve God. Choose to live according to the two commandments that Jesus said contains all the Law and the Prophets...

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

by Virgil Stripes

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