Day 9

God Is Holy

from the Attributes of God reading plan


Leviticus 20:23-26, Isaiah 6:1-7, Hebrews 7:26-28, 1 Peter 1:14-16, Revelation 4:8-11

BY She Reads Truth

God is perfect, pure, and undefiled. He does not sin.

As God’s image-bearers, we’re called to reflect His holiness. God says, “You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy” (Leviticus 20:26). It is a seemingly impossible task. We have all been stained by sin and bear on our backs the weight of a sinful nature. Try as we might, we all “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

When confronted with God’s holiness in the heavenly throne room, Isaiah’s response was nothing short of terror: “Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). That’s how stark the contrast is between God’s perfect, holy nature and our utter lack of holiness. It’s not even close.

To be holy is to be set apart, uncommon, and raised up. God is all of these things, and we are not. But His response to Isaiah’s woeful plea was not to leave Isaiah ruined before the throne. Instead, He extended mercy and made atonement for Isaiah’s sin (Isaiah 6:6–7). God, in His perfection, has made a way for His people to be holy, for nothing is impossible with Him (Luke 1:37).

Because of Jesus’s sacrifice for us on the cross, all things are being made new (Revelation 21:5). We have been given God’s Spirit to walk with Him and practice holiness daily. Someday, all who know Christ will be perfected in Him. On that day, we will reflect God’s holiness to all creation, just as God designed it to be from the beginning.

In the meantime, God has given us the righteousness of His Son, making us holy in His sight. We are now set apart as His “holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9) and a temple for His Spirit. The holy presence of God that once made Isaiah tremble lives inside of believers. Our hope in Christ is so sure that God already regards us as people who no longer fall short, who have become holy, just as He is holy.

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35 thoughts on "God Is Holy"

  1. Alicia Pino says:

    It is SO amazing, that Jesus has taken our place, as sinners, doomed to eternity without God, and that by trusting in Jesus, we are made righteous through Him! We all fall short, and are being conformed to the image of Jesus, but even when we fail, we are made new and forgiven, and made righteous all over again! What an amazing truth and miracle to meditate on!

  2. Praying Sister says:

    Dear Anxious Heart, praying for you and your husband. I am in the same situation as well and with prayers and a lot of communication, I’m glad to say I can see a change in my husband, I can see God fighting for us. Just to give you that hope that God hears us, he hears our cries. I’m lifting you and your husband up in prayers tonight. Don’t give up.. the Lord said he will never leave us nor forsake us.. trust that he will heal your husband and your marriage.

  3. Churchmouse says:

    Adding my prayers to all the others, Anxious Heart. Praying that you and your husband will be led to effective therapists who can help you. There are so many wonderful and effective resources. Do not give up hope. God walks through the darkest valley right beside us. Hold tight to His hand. Cry to Him for help and cry out to a trusted friend/doctor/counselor who can recommend next steps. One at a time.

  4. Valerie says:

    praying for you and your husband, anxious heart. i feel for you both. i have suffered from depression and have tried to support others through depression before as well. both perspectives are not easy and even though you say you are “just trying” to be strong, know that you ARE being strong, and you are not alone <3 sending you all my love, prayers, and good vibes!

  5. Steph C says:

    “So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy” (1 Peter 1:14-15). This challenge to not go back to the old ways is so convicting to me. I know that the old ways are empty and unsatisfying. But I still go back to them when I am tired or sick or stressed. Oh God, You are my joy and fulfillment. You are my Savior and my Lord. I want to seek you and know you. I want to live in purity before you. Give me grace to choose you over worthless pursuits.

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