The basic meaning of the word HOLY is ‘to cut’ or ‘to separate’. When HOLY is used in reference to God, it refers to His complete separation from evil. Not even a hint of a blemish could be found in our God; He is completely pure. ― “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all”.
I remember an illustration given by Counsellor Ray Eicher in a conference in Dehradun. He took a clean jar and filtered a 2-litre bottle of drinking water and showed us asking whether we will drink water from it or not and we all replied in affirmative. Then he said that if he takes a little bit of rubbish on the tip of a needle and mixes it in the water in front of us and offers us to drink would we then drink or not… And this time our replies were a BIG NO. Then he said probably we would have drunk it if we would have not known the fact about the mixture of rubbish in it as it wasn’t at all visible to naked eyes.
Then he said that we all were created like the clean water in the bottle but we have gradually got soiled in our walks of life and hence, we lose the worth to stand in front of the Almighty because He is a Holy God. He can’t tolerate a bit of unholiness. He can’t tolerate a bit of sin within us. He hates sin and He will be denying His very self if He omits even a single sin.
Have you ever been to that segment of the market where all defective products are sold with lesser price? If you mark, in some products the defects are not even that prominent and can be easily omitted yet it was rejected and placed in that segment. Even a little sin as we think makes us unholy and rejected by the Holy God.
But it should be an encouragement for those of us who trust in His name when we realize that not the slightest evil or blemish could ever be found in God‘s nature because He is holy. There is absolute purity and total separation from evil attached with all His attributes. As we face the struggles daily to decide something in regards to evil or good there is no such struggle to be holy or to maintain holiness in God’s personality. He is absolutely holy and cannot be anything else than being holy.
Holiness may seem like a strange, almost negative, concept to us, because living in an unholy world has conditioned us to accept and be comfortable with things which are marred by sin. Since we live with that which is unholy every day, we are more shocked by purity than we are by sin! The very idea of holiness bewilders us.
The character of God that He is Holy should not bewilder and puzzle us. But that should be our strength and support. When we need help we always seek the face of somebody who is better, higher and wiser than us. And God’s character of HOLINESS authenticates all of His other characters. It gives us that confidence that He has no evil within Him. That makes us feel safe and secure with Him.
How humbly then do we need to worship our God who is so pure and holy? How careful we should be when we come close to such a God with our requests, who is without blemish and hates sin?
Let’s worship Him with reverence: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.”