My Joy and God’s Holiness: Friends or Foes?
Happiness and holiness are inseparable. True holiness is unattainable without true happiness. Happiness is part of holiness — even the essence of holiness.
But there’s an even deeper connection between our happiness and holiness, and it’s rooted in God’s holy character.
Holy, Holy, Holy!
Many times, a sermon on the holiness of God will start with Isaiah 6:1–5, with a dramatic recounting of Isaiah, the priest, entering the temple in the presence of God’s flowing holiness. Angels cover their faces as Isaiah falls on his face and the temple shakes and tremors in the presence of the almighty, holy God.
The account is frightening, and the sermon is appropriately solemn and serious. It often ends with a grave prayer and silence. Such a sermon is vital for the health of the Church, and we need more of them.
But it also compels a follow-up sermon.
Joy, Joy, Joy!