Before the People I Will Be Honored

Leviticus 10:1-3 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He commanded them not.
2 And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.
3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

I am interested in verse three, and I'm going to read it from the New American Standard because the translation is correct: Then Moses said to Aaron, "It is what the Lord spoke, saying, 'By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, and before all the people I will be honored.'" This is important.

This was in our reading a few days ago and it has stuck on my heart since then. I suppose I am as guilty as anyone, at least I look at it that way, in not treating the Lord as holy and not honoring Him as is His due. We take a walk with God too lightly. We take our relationship with the Lord too lightly, and we do not esteem Him as holy as we should. He is the Great and Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. I'm believing for a miracle, that God will bring a revelation of His holiness in our hearts, and that His divine nature will really come forth within us.

One thing I've never been able to do, or at least I can't remember I time that I did, and that is to get mad at God. I don't understand how anyone can get angry with God. I can understand getting angry with the situation or circumstances. Somehow there is a lack of respect and honor, a lack of awareness of who God is. Anytime that God wants to, if He so chooses, He could do just like He did with Nadab and Abihu and strike us down in a skinny second. The fact of the matter is God does not need us. He does not need any of us, but we need God. We need to know Him!

Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Human nature is completely contrary to and opposite from the nature of God. In God there is no arrogance, but arrogance is in man. Man takes the attitude that he has a right to feel the way he does, that he has a right to his opinions. Fact of the matter is we have no rights at all. Well, we have one right - we have the right to give up all of our rights to God.

I would like to see a moving of the Lord take place in our midst so that we would really have an awareness of His holiness, His greatness, and His awesomeness. Have many times have we read in the Scriptures of one who fell on his face when in His presence? Peter said, "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man" (Luke 5:8). When we really receive a revelation of the Lord we will also receive a revelation of ourselves and it isn't pretty. It just isn't. The greatest battle of the ages talks about Gog and Magog assembling and gathering around the holy city to make war against the saints (Revelation 20:8-9). The only Gog and Magog we need to be concerned with is the Gog and Magog of our flesh nature.

I encourage your hearts to begin looking to the Lord for an awareness of His holiness, His awesomeness, and His greatness. He is the only God; there is none other than Him. Begin living with an awareness that you are in His presence. How could we do some of the things that we do? I don't know; it's beyond me. May God have mercy on us for being so disrespectful. Honor Him in your life!

Copyright 2007 by Henry DuBose