Holy. Set apart. God is holy, holy, holy. God is not like us. He is independent of us.
Because we are told we were created in God’s image, I think we often imagine God to be like us. In doing so, we severely underestimate who God is. God is not a reflection of who we are. Anything good in us is a reflection of who He is…a glimpse of how awesome and wonderful He is. Consider the following passage from Psalm 50:16-23:
16But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes
or take my covenant on your lips?
17 For you hate discipline,
and you cast my words behind you.
18 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
and you keep company with adulterers.
19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil,
and your tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother;
you slander your own mother’s son.
21 These things you have done, and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”
From this passage, we come to understand that it is the wicked that think God is like people. How incredibly faulty that thinking is. God does not see things the way we see them. He sees perfectly. Our vision is impaired. We do not understand things the way God does. He understand perfectly. Our knowledge is extremely limited.
We will never understand God by looking at ourselves. We will only even begin to understand God by examining who God says He is in His Word, and even that is just a glimpse of all He is.
What would happen if we truly understood what it means for God to be holy? What would it mean if we completely understood that He is not like us?
God is not one like us. God is holy. I don’t know about you, but this brings me great comfort. If God was like me, we most certainly all would be lost and without hope in this world. But He’s not like me. He’s not like you. He is God, and He is holy. In that there is great hope! In that truth is the foundation for such a great salvation!