May 7

‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways’, says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’ Isaiah 55:8-9

God is different from us – His ways are higher and nobler, His Being is filled with a majesty and a glory that sets Him apart. His holiness produces godly fear in those who approach Him. As Moses approached the burning bush, he was commanded to remove his sandals, since the ground he stood on was holy; he then covered his face at the sight of God – Exodus 3:5-6. God’s love may make us think that He is one of us since He comes down to our level. But despite His humility, He does not become base like we are – He remains glorious. The disciples became so familiar with Jesus that on occasions they spoke to Him as if He were a mere man; Peter rebuked Jesus in Matthew 16:22. But only a few days later, they were on their faces before Him, blinded by His unspeakable glory – Matthew 17:6. God demands more than external moral conformity to His law – He requires truth in the inward parts – Psalm 51:6; Matthew 5:8. God is unapproachable in holiness, as pictured by the innermost room of the Tabernacle. In our sinful state, we cannot have fellowship with God – His holy Presence would mean death to us. The gulf between God and us is so huge that it could only be spanned by Christ’s death. Hebrews 10:19. Here is the invitation: God is holy, but He has made a way for you to be His friend and to share in fellowship with Him.