GodReflection: Life in the Holy Presence
“But just as he who called you is Holy, so be Holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:15).
I never ceased to be amazed at how little thought I’ve put into the obvious.
Since I went from delivery room to life in the church the word “Holy” was surely one of the first words to vibrate my baby eardrums.
If it is possible to have heard or read a word a million—or millions—of times during my seven decades of life I’m sure the word Holy would be right up there with the number of times I’ve read or heard the word “God”.
I find Mr. Webster’s definitions and synonyms to be rather broad and somewhat deficient. As is his job he’s better at his description of the English-speakers use of the word rather than its Biblical usage.
In Scripture Holy is defined as God.
I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am Holy. Leviticus 11:44
To wrap my brain and my heart around the concept of Holy is no less than an attempt to comprehend the extent of God’s presence in the life of we humans.
Here is what I think. To be holy is to be where God is.
To live in the Holy is to live in a God saturated and God soaked climate. To live in the presence of the Holy is to be God filled.
It is to live under the cover of His Glory. It is a state of completeness and protection. It is to empty myself so that God can enter into me and provide His 24/7 Holy presence.
Old Testament Scripture gives me a wonderful metaphor of God’s presence—Holy Ground.
God used it when He first reveal Himself to Moses.
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is Holy Ground” (Exodus 3:5).
God’s presence made—and makes—the ground Holy.
In another metaphor Solomon has just completed construction on the Temple. No structure before was as beautiful as this man\God project where Holy God was to show His presence and to be worshipped in Israel.
Through the Temple the people could enter God’s presence.
What catches my attention is the metaphor of God’s presence in the Holy cloud that appeared at the dedication.
God’s presence filled everything:
The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ark and overshadowed the ark and its carrying poles.
When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord. And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple (1 Kings 8: 6-11).
The story of Scripture is nothing less than God’s desire to draw humankind into His presence. He wants me to live my life under the bright cloud of the Holy.
Hebrew Christians were taught to Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
What does it mean for me to live in the presence of the Holy?
Over the next few posts I want to look at the many facets of life lived within the Holy Presence.
I invite you to read over my shoulder and share with me your own victories and struggles as you live in the Holy Mist.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Life In The Holy Presence