Lately I find that it is God’s holiness that comforts me. This is odd because for so long it was His holiness that scared me. After all I couldn’t be farther from holy, much less ever come close to a holy God. Until I began to understand the Gospel of God’s Kingdom in Jesus, and that it is God’s holiness that stands at the center of every Divine move He makes for His glory and our good.
Now the deep and beautiful reality that God is so completely “other” than any created (or imaginable) thing in heaven or on earth both astonishes and humbles me. You could say it settles me.
When I am filled with fear, His holiness comforts me. There is no fear-mongering found in Him (1 John 4:16). I am loved. He is holy.
When I doubt, His holiness comforts me. There is no deceit in Him, for His promises are sure (Hebrews 6:18). I am secure. He is holy.
When I am restless, His holiness comforts me. There is a firm foundation established in Jesus Christ, upon which I have been placed (1 Corinthians 3:11). I am safe. He is holy.
When I am in distress, His holiness comforts me. There is justice and it serves as His throne’s foundation (Psalm 89:14). I am heard. He is holy.
When I sin, yes, even then His holiness comforts me. There is mercy and grace promised to me in Jesus Christ (1 John 2:1-2; Hebrews 4:14-16). In Him and Him alone is my righteousness and salvation (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3:20-26). On the cross Jesus said it was finished (John 19:30). His performance is my perfection (Ephesians 1:3-8). I trust Him. I am God’s child. He is holy.
Holy–when there is fear, doubt, restlessness, distress, sin–I cry holy, holy, holy!
I praise and thank God in Jesus Christ that He is holy. And I praise and thank God that in Jesus Christ there is tender mercy, abounding grace, and faithful love for a wretch like me.
So I sing with all the saints, “Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty. God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!” Thank you, my Lord and my King. Thank you.
“Lord, your testimonies are completely reliable; holiness is the beauty of Your house for all the days to cme.” (Psalm 93:5 HCSB)
Question (feel free to respond in the comments section): How does God’s holiness comfort you? How could His holiness comfort you?