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More than a baby in a manger

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“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings; with two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another; “holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.” At the sound or their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Isaiah 6:1-5

Have you ever considered what it would be like to stand before the LORD Almighty, the Creator of all things?

As I write we are moments away from celebrating Christmas. It is such a tender and sweet way to remember our Lord, and the wonderful way God reached out to humanity. We “ooh” and “ah” over the festivities, and even tear up with joyful hearts as we reflect on God’s love, but too often that is as far as our worship goes. Once the decorations are down and life returns to the pre-Christmas cadence, we can easily fall back into complacency in our walk with God.

Imagine for a moment then what it would be like to see God for who He is. In the verse from Isaiah we see His presence described as being so awesome that the angels covered their faces and Isaiah cried out in fear.

Not exactly a crying infant in a manger.

As we come to the close of yet another year, I want to encourage each of us to take a fresh look at the holiness of God. I want to remember how gracious He is and how loving, but I don’t want to leave my adoration of Him in the manger. His holiness deserves reverence and respect. Enter into His courts with praise, and a keen sense of His majesty. In doing so we rightly align ourselves to receive the blessings He holds in His hands.

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