1 Samuel 6
Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? In their disrespect for God, the men of Beth Shemesh offended the holiness of the LORD. The primary idea behind holiness is not moral purity (though the idea includes moral purity), but it is the idea of apartness – that God is separate, different from His creation, both in His essential nature and in the perfection of His attributes. When men encounter the holiness of God, they are not necessarily attracted to it.
When Peter saw the holy power of Jesus he said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8). When the disciples on another occasion saw the holy Jesus shining forth at the transfiguration, they were greatly afraid (Matthew 17:6). When we meet the Holy God, we are excited and afraid all at the same time. It’s like going up on a roller coaster – you want to be there, but at the same time you don’t want to be there. However, many of the thrill-seeking pleasures of our modern world are simply weak attempts to imitate the fulfilment we can only find by meeting the Holy God.
Encountering our Holy God is the start to having a life filled with faith. #summeroffaith