“This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? (Isaiah 66:1)
The sun was shining on my lap as the car raced down the street almost going 22 mph. My “Meme” was driving, a wonderful older woman with soft features and an even softer touch, but I couldn’t help but shield my face in embarrassment as the other cars flew by. Within 15 minutes, four people had honked at us and had given unmentionable crude gestures. My impatience was increasing as I challenged Meme to drive “just a little faster.”
I believe our culture has lost its concept of the holiness of God, and it is stems from our loss of respect for those whom are older. Think about it – when was the last time you were driving, saw that a senior was the cause of the traffic you had been behind and smiled in veneration? No, if anything you say something more along lines of, “Figures,” rather than smile.
In order to truly grasp an idea, we tend to compare it to something familiar and something we can hold onto. With the idea of holiness, that something is respect, stemming from our interactions with those who have earned it. But sadly in our present culture, many of us have been led to believe that older people no longer lend a helping hand in life, but are seen as a hindrance, especially when driving a car.
When respect is understood in the growing connotation of the post modern culture that hasn’t engulfed our generation, it can only be seen as relative. It must be earned precisely the way each individual defines it. Respect isn’t derived from title or position; nor is the drive from history your actions. Respect is up to the individual who sees himself or herself as having the power to dictate in appropriate that respect. And so we have this concept of God where He needs to earn our respect.
We must re-claim the holiness of God; we must begin to swim in the unfathomable waters of the most holy God. We hold ourselves much higher than we should. We so often judge God’s actions against what we want, and if the two wheels do not lineup together, I respect and concept of holiness is tainted. We need to stop yelling at God who is driving in our lives, “just a little faster,” and start smiling and trust and understanding. God is in control and He is a holy God indeed.
Read Isaiah 66:1-2, Isaiah 40:30-31 and Jeremiah 9:23-24.
Lord, humble me and revealed to me how mindbendingly holy you are. Give me a right understanding of respect and holiness.