This makes me think of something A. W. Tozer said in his book, The Root of the Righteous, “God is easy to live with…” There is a immature part of my heart that believes God is impossible to live with, that God expects too much and grows impatient with my slow progress. This is untrue. Peterson’s version of Psalm 111 has it, “He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect.”
It’s the combination of personal and holy that tweaks something in me. Part of me expects an “or” there. Personal or holy. But God is both. He draws near to me in love and righteousness. He is good and He is near. I don’t have any better news that this in my life.
Father, today my prayer is that You would open my eyes to both Your holiness and Your intimacy. You are near, even in my shortcomings and line-crossings. You are so good that You desire my best and are working to that end without wearying.
May Your holiness produce in me that holy fear that is the beginning of wisdom. As long as my heart and mind are driven this way and that by many other fears, I am not really walking the path of wisdom. Wisdom has a single eye. Thank You for this generous insight. Amen.
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