God is Holy

“If you return, O Israel,
declares the Lord,
    to me you should return.
If you remove your detestable things from my presence,
    and do not waver,
and if you swear, ‘As the Lord lives,’
    in truth, in justice, and in righteousness,
then nations shall bless themselves in him,
    and in him shall they glory.”
Jeremiah 4:1-2

If you could create your own god, what would he/she be like?

Wait. What?

If you could create your own god, that god would not be God.

God must be infinite, outside the bounds of humanity and beyond our fathoming. God cannot be a human creation.

We worship what is beautiful, too great for us to comprehend. We stand in awe at the edge of the Grand Canyon, unable to see it in its fullness. We wonder at human life, realizing that we are so much more than collections of cells. We praise the works of Bach and Mozart because we recognize their musical genius.

We worship God because He is holy. His holiness cannot stand sin. This tastes bad because in our humanness we want God to be tolerant, but God will not tolerate sin. Tolerance we can understand. Tolerance is small, something you and I can manage. But God is big, big enough for grace.

Tolerance is allowing an addict to do what they do until they die. Grace is showing them life until they stop doing what they do.

Grace is what God spoke when He regretted the utter sinfulness of mankind that drove us away from Him, yet He gave us His Son. That is unfathomable. And that is who God is.

Grace is what He speaks when we have wrecked and ruined lives, yet He redeems every part of us so that we can become blessings.

Grace is what He was for the Israelites, rescuing them time and again when they didn't even ask Him to and giving us Jesus through their line. Grace is what He is to you and me today, when this fallen world has broken us to pieces, re-shaping our lives into His intended masterpiece.

Do not underestimate the holiness of God. And do not underestimate His grace.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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