“Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:24)
There is no place on earth that we can flee to from the presence of God. There is no place we can hide from the holy. Our thoughts are not our own. Our desires and the inclinations of our heart are laid bare in the sight of a sovereign and holy God.
For the Christian, it is a paradox. We are comforted by the thought of Providence drawing near to us, understanding our pain, struggle, and fears; We know that nothing happens apart from the will of the Father; all things work together for the good of those who love Him. Yet at the same time, it terrifies us. There is nowhere to flee. He is holy, and as His children, He will discipline us, purifying us from the indwelling sin we tend to nurture.
There are moments when we find ourselves alone with Him. A holy, awesome God. A God who can fill us with terror one moment and peace in the next. These are the times we can feel Him pressing against our souls, illuminating the sin we know we should daily be mortifying but toy with just a little longer.
The God we worship stands alone. He is outside of time. He alone can create things. He alone has the power of being. By the power of his command, He can call words into being. His power is overwhelming. Such a God is worthy of respect and humble adoration.
God’s holiness is central to biblical teaching. His name is holy because He is holy. Yet the world tramples His name as if he were nothing. There is no honor or respect. There is no fear before their eyes.
God is both Creator and LORD of the universe. There is not one square inch that he doesn’t proclaim ownership of. There are no areas of life outside His lordship. He is inescapable. And He is inescapably holy.
R.C.Sproul- “The Holiness of God”