un”safe” holiness

I looked through some old journals (old as in from the past three years) several days ago, and found not only a lot of prayers that have been answered, but also some quotes that I need to remember.  I posted over this summer about the book I was reading then, The Jesus Way,and this quote comes from it.  It is best appreciated in context, and I highly recommend reading the book, but since I’m not going to post the book, the context is Isaiah 6, and Isaiah’s experience with the holiness of God- “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord…” 

“Holiness is in wild and furious opposition to all banality and blandness.  The God-life cannot be domesticated or used- it can only be entered into on its own terms.   Holiness does not make God smaller so that He can be used.”

 How easy it is to fall into norms and comfort zones and not even realize it.  How tempting it is to think that this relationship with my most intimate friend- the God of the universe- could ever be domesticated and tidy.  How gracious He is to call me to Himself, the essence of holiness, to know and remember once again that, as Lewis put it, “He isn’t safe.  But He’s good.  He’s the King, I tell you.”

Really, when it comes down to it, I don’t want a safe life or a safe God.  I don’t get to choose the character of God, but I do get to choose whether I follow Him or not.  He’s never been bad yet, and He doesn’t change, so I’m going with un”safe” holiness.


One thought on “un”safe” holiness

  1. I would just like to say that I wish there was more commenting on the the post about God’s holiness. I dig your ideas in this post a ton. We’ll have to talk about it more later.

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