Created for His Glory
God’s Holiness – My nothingness
Job 38: 1-49 various selected… Exodus 3:3-5; Romans 8:26-27
A while ago I downloaded an app that allows you to identify the stars. .a stargazer map… I was profoundly affected by the beauty of the universe, this eventually led to me going onto the Hubble telescope site managed by NASA.
The pictures taken by the Hubble telescope in the deepest recesses of outer space have been nothing short of spectacular. No words can describe the beauty of what exists out there. This universe, this beauty that we see- God created.
When we examine the beauty of this universe and consider the words of the psalmist: “ The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands” we are reminded of God’s power. His divinity, His Holiness.
The Holiness of God
Just look up and around and you are overawed by Gods power and Majesty. God is absolute and majestic.When we say God is Holy, we are in essence describing the absoluteness, majesty, and awesomeness of our Creator
In 1 Samuel 2:2 when Hannah sings “There is none holy as Yahweh” Hannah is referring simply to His supreme Divinity. GOD is All powerful, all-knowing, ever present!
This truth is evidenced by surfing the Hubble site. The one thing I realised though as I was surfing this site, is that there was immense pride in what had been achieved b NASA, and so they should be proud!
But I can just imagine God speaking softly to those scientists saying: that Nebula, that Galaxy…I created that!!! If I was one of those scientists, I would be shouting from the mountaintops: “LOOK AT WHAT GOD CREATED FOR US!!!! “
But they don’t… They are as forgetful as Job and his friends, so much so that God had to interject in the conversation in chapter 38 and remind them who he was.
“Then out of the storm the LORD spoke to Job.
Who are you to question my wisdom with your ignorant, empty words?
Now stand up straight and answer the questions I ask you.
Were you there when I made the world? If you know so much, tell me about it.
Who decided how large it would be? Who stretched the measuring line over it? Do you know all the answers?
It was I who covered the sea with clouds and wrapped it in darkness.
I marked a boundary for the sea and kept it behind bolted gates.
I told it, “So far and no farther! Here your powerful waves must stop.”
Have you been to the springs in the depths of the sea? Have you walked on the floor of the ocean?
Has anyone ever shown you the gates that guard the dark world of the dead?
Have you any idea how big the world is? Answer me if you know.
I am sure you can, because you’re so old and were there when the world was made!
( This is God…I love the sarcasm…)
Have you ever visited the storerooms, where I keep the snow and the hail?
I keep them ready for times of trouble, for days of battle and war.
Can you tie the Pleiades together or loosen the bonds that hold Orion? “
This is God pounding His chest, a declaration of His might, His power, His creative genius!!!You could sort of imagine God addressing the United Nations, all the super powers. The president of Russia, China, Syria and the United States: “You brag about your chemical weapons, your weapons of mass destruction, your nuclear weapons and capabilities, GUESS WHAT? I created the ATOM! This is God declaring to Job, to the NASA scientists, to the super powers, to the world, to us: DONT forget who I AM, I AM God!!!
When we read Job, when we stare at the stars we are meant to acknowledge God is power, God is God, we are to acknowledge Gods Holiness and accept our nothingness.
We are nothing next to God.
Imagine trying to set up a meeting with Barack Obama, or any other famous president to ask them for help? It wont happen!!! But with God it happens!!!
It happened to Moses who was just a lowly sheep herder God had heard the cries of His people. Moses was the chosen one who would lead the people of Israel out of Egypt.God would work through Moses to bring deliverance to His people. Here was Moses tending his father in laws sheep, just minding his own business. Here Moses sees this burning bush : something so unique, so unusual. It was the Divine connecting with humanity. And as Moses moves towards the bush, God speaks out and reveals himself to Moses and then commands him to remove his shoes because the place where he is standing is holy ground.
This same God who created all life, met personally with a sheep herder. And Moses’ life was never the same. Moses did not have to change who he was, he didn’t have to do anything special to meet with God, all he had to do was acknowledge the presence of God and remove his sandals.
(AND) When God meets with us– connects with us, we are never the same. We are changed people. It is here that the greatest story is ever told throughout history…
With all that God is and all that we are not, God still desires to connect with us, to meet us where we are and have a relationship of love and intimacy.
This all important, awe-inspiring divinity wants to spend time with us, to help us, to rescue us, to be our saviour! The story of God’s redemptive grace began with Moses and the Israelites and found its climax on the cross. And it is at the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ that we discover the true depth of God’s grace, glory and power. The cross, depicts Gods true majesty and divinity, more so than any spectacular picture taken in the depths of outer space!!! It is at the cross that we discover the depth of God’s love and the extent of His forgiveness
But, in the same way that we forget God’s majesty, divinity, power and holiness and place ourselves on a pedestal as being so important, We fail to acknowledge our nothingness and inability to save ourselves! We forget the power and reason of the cross in our lives.
The cross is where God saves us, (power of the cross) but the cross is the key that opens our hearts (reason) to allow the most Holy of Holy to enter us and be in us.
In the midst of our nothingness, God’s majestic holiness through His redemptive plan of salvation takes on a new meaning.
We become the resting place for the King of Kings –the creator God – We are filled with His Holy Spirit, His presence fills us. Our heart becomes the new Holy Ground.
And God says to us: Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is Holy ground.
We forget, or refuse or are unable to take our sandals off, Sandals that symbolise our envy, our ego, anger, lust, greed, our sinfulness. Sandals that we refuse to take off that symbolise our forgetfulness of God’s holiness and power
IT IS THE STUFF WE DO! Sometimes deliberately and sometimes without thought
As Paul wrote: “we do what we should not do, and we do not do what we ought to do”
So many times, our actions do not reflect the presence of the divine in our lives.
YET IS GODS POWER AND LOVE THAT TRANSFORMS US!!!
But here is where God’s grace steps in-
Paul writes in Romans:
“In the same way, the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, since we do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words and the one who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, for the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to God’s will. And we know that for those who love God, that is, for those who are called according to his purpose, all things are working together for good.”
God recognizes and understands our imperfections – He created us, He knows us God knows that it is only by the power of His spirit that we are transformed and become true reflections of His holiness and glory
All we need to do is remove our sandals – in other words, acknowledge Gods holiness and accept our nothingness so as to remove our masks, the walls and the barriers to God’s love and allow God’s spirit to work through us.
Remove your sandals, and allow the same creative power that formed the universe to transform you.