Stand in the Holy Place

One night last week, I began to lament to my husband how that my newsfeed is being crowded with news about my FB friends’ travels. Relatives, friends, even brethren in Christ seem to go from one place to another again and again, I told him. Then, when a hint of bitterness slowly crept into my heart, I added, “Why don’t I just close my FB account?” My beloved husband stared at me, his expression inscrutable. “Oh, well. I’d better worship the Lord. That’s the best antidote against the onset of feelings of bitterness, dismay, discontent, and all their kin,” I said with a sigh as I turned away from him and set my heart to worship.

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So, I played Christy Nockels’ Waiting Here for You worship song over and over while I sang along with it, hands raised, eyes tightly shut. Once again, for probably the 4180th time, I ran to Jesus and laid myself at His feet. I’m sure people of the world have their own ways to escape their overwhelming sorrows. Retail therapy, gym, eat out, a night out with friends and booze – just to name a few. But for me, entering into the presence of God never fails to soothe my afflicted soul. So, I sang and worshiped until tears streamed down my face and I sobbed because of the powerful touch of God upon me.

The last time I read this phrase (which was just recently), it gripped me in a way that it hounded me for weeks: …stand in the holy place… (Mat. 24:15). I know I don’t always stand in the holy place. Sometimes, I find myself standing in the place of bitterness or discontent, even unhappiness. At other times, I stand in the place where there’s too much hunger for the fulfilment of dreams and desires. More often than I’d want to, between my morning and evening devotions, I find myself in places where I strain to entertain myself through writing (a Christian novel), reading (Christian romance novels), watching (Halmmark movies), Facebooking. And I know, deep in my soul, that these are not totally holy places. My soul cries out silently.

That shaft of light that emanates from the Savior is not found in the places of pleasure, but only in His presence, in the place where we humbly bend our knees, bow our heads, and worship the One true living God in spirit and in truth.

Let not our surroundings hinder us from approaching that shaft of light, thinking that we are unworthy. On our own, we are unworthy. For He alone makes us worthy. That’s why we come to Him, again and again, not because we are holy and without blemish, but because He is. And in His presence, in His holy place, He washes us from all filth.

Stand in the holy place. And yet, our feet are so rooted in the earth where temptations abound. “Gravitational pull” in the form of sinful pleasures, idolatries, etc., keeps people stuck on the earth. Even Christians, too, in their unguarded moments and moments of weakness. However much we strive to be holy, our surroundings can taint us. This reminds me of the Prophet Isaiah:

 So I said:

“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.”

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:

“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.” (Is. 6: 5-7)

Like the Prophet Isaiah, we dwell in the midst of a people of “unclean lips” (sinfulness, not only among the people around us but where we put ourselves into, like the Internet, etc.), but when we come before the holy throne with humble and contrite hearts, God is merciful to purge us from all filthiness. So, stand in the holy place.

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NLT)

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Comments

  1. Joanie Qualls says:

    Rina, I understand just how you feel in many ways about should I stay on Facebook, yet loving the people on it.
    And yes, Worshipping HIM, Jesus. Yeshua, is everything

  2. Hazel Moon says:

    So many of us are allergic to the many chemicals we are daily exposed to. Even in our bath water, we must use caution what we put into it. Our lotions contain harmful chemicals that upset our immune system and leave us faint and helpless. Our powders for beauty and powers to wash our clothing must be scrutinized and watch for odors and harmful chemicals that will poison us. I do hope you continue to research what you are using daily and what might be in your home to keep you in prison. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

  3. Laura says:

    Well said! A few weeks ago I wrote about jealousy on my own blog, which relates a little bit to your post. I still deal with envy and bitterness every now and then, but I am learning to adopt an attitude of gratitude! In addition, Facebook can be so dangerous. It has a way of making me feel insecure at times. I have to remember that people generally only post the good pictures, the fun events, the happy times….it’s not always a reflection of “real life.”

    • RinaPeru says:

      At times feeling insecure being on Facebook – my exact same sentiments, Laura. But your reminder here, that people generally post only the good and the beautiful – not real life – is like the sun breaking through the dark clouds. What a relief!

  4. Sarah says:

    Great post! Thank you so much for sharing. I love Christy Nockels – one of my favorite artists :) It really spoke to my heart today.
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  5. jennifer says:

    I adore your heart, Rina. How you run to the feet of Jesus with all that you are… xo

    • RinaPeru says:

      The long season of illness and the sorrow that comes with it have taught me to run to Him in whatever state I am in, Jennifer. I’d like to think that the path that connects me to Him is a well-beaten path.

  6. Thank you, Rina, for your reminder to run to Jesus and stand the holy place instead of hiding in things that are mere distractions.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, Constance. I have learned that there is no other way, being a child of God, but to humble ourselves before Him in whatever state we are in, even with all our messes. Running away from God just because of our repeat failures will never do us any good.

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