Our Walk With God
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“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The LORD of hosts.” (Isa 6:5)
The expression mysterium tremendum describes the numinous experience of awe and dread in the presence of the almighty and transcendent God. The question is, why had Isaiah not felt this fear and wonder in God’s temple before? The answer is that this theophany—or manifestation of God—and the seraphim’s proclamation of God’s holiness (Isa 6:3) made Isaiah aware of God’s holy presence in the temple. He realized his utter sinfulness in the light of God’s presence, bringing fear of judgment and condemnation.
Today, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and the church is the church of the living God (1 Cor 6:19; 1 Tim 3:15). But have we, in the same way, forgotten that He is the holy God? Is God’s presence in our lives merely an abstract concept, easily forgotten, as our worship becomes more sterile? The danger of God becoming irrelevant in our life, either consciously or subconsciously, is that we will depart and go our separate way.