“Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.” Leviticus 10:3
The over-zealous Nadab and Abihu approached God in a way that was not pleasing to Him. Offering “strange fire” before the Lord, and not regarding the holiness of God, fire went out from God, and they perished (Leviticus 10:1,2).
As I pondered this scenario, I wondered how careful the modern-day Christian is in their approach of God. Do we take Him or treat Him as seriously as we should?
I believe this is a question we all must ask ourselves, both individually and corporately as the body of Christ. Dare I say in some cases, I see an almost flippant attitude in our congregations and service when we gather to worship.
Aaron and his sons were in the process of being consecrated for the services and worship of God. This was not to be taken lightly. When they came before God, their coming was to be done in a way that honors Him.
Are we careful in glorifying God in our worship?
Or are we offering Him whatever we feel is right?
God’s holiness demands that we regard Him as holy. The Bible tells us, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3). His “unsearchable: greatness deserves more.
In a previous post found here, I wrote:
“The Bible commands us, “Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy” (Psalm 99:5). Throughout the Bible, God’s holiness is prevalent. When His holiness was disregarded in exchange for a bite of fruit, sin entered in, separation occurred, and mankind lost his place in the sacred garden paradise (Genesis 3). When God’s holiness was substituted, the people fell into idolatry with a golden calf, people died, names were blotted out of God’s book, sins would be punished, a plague would follow, and God sent an Angel to guide them for He said, “I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way,” (Exodus 33:3; Exodus 32:1-33:3). Throughout the times of the judges, prophets, all biblical history, and even today, every time the holiness of God has been forsaken, tragedy strikes, and people reap the consequences of their decisions.
God does have a standard, and holiness is not only who He is, but it is His standard by which all else is measured.”
Whether it be in the sacred place of a sanctuary or the deepest recesses of our hearts, when we approach God, may we do so with respect and honor to the holiness that He is.
We ask so much of God, but what are we giving?
“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6:13
Father God, I want to give You more. Forgive me, for I have not always approached You in a way that was honoring to Your holy name. At times, I have been lazy. At times, I have not taken it as seriously as I should. It is You I truly want to honor in all areas of my life. Help me to live this life and to come before You in a way that is pleasing to You, and in a way that is glorifying to You.
Help my heart and my mind to focus and truly reverence the Holy God of Heaven. I want to bless Your name. Not just with my mouth, but with my life. Thank You for the grace and mercy you have shown me this day. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, AMEN.
Copyright © Word For Life Says.com (Sharing any posts or lessons can only be done through the share buttons provided on this site from the original posts, lessons, and articles only. You can reblog from the original posts only using the reblog button provided, or share using the share buttons provided from these social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, etc., and they must be shared from the original posts only. All other repostings are prohibited. Posts and other items of interest found on this site MAY NOT BE COPIED AND PASTED, downloaded, uploaded, etc to another website or entity not listed (physical or electronic). See COPYRIGHT PAGE for more details.