Prayer for the day
Hallelujah! Praise the Name of the LORD; give praise, you servants of the LORD, You who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praises to his Name, for it is lovely.
Scripture for the day
The call to holiness isn’t always popular. It’s a call that God has been extending since the beginning of time, and it’s been a call humanity has been assiduously ignoring for as long. We hate the idea of holiness, of being outside of the norm, because it moves us away from a place of belonging and comfort into a place of fear. How will we make it on our own?
The book of Zechariah tells the story of a people who were too afraid to be set apart, who wanted to look, act, and be like everyone else. Yet when they were like everyone else, they suffered the same fate as everyone else!
Finally, when they had been disciplined, God called them to return to a place of holiness, a place of being set-apart from the nations around them who refused to follow the ways of God. And when they responded, the blessings were incredible.
In the book of Revelation, John hears and sees oracles against the great nation of Babylon, predicting her doom for the destruction she has wrought. In the midst of the doom oracle is the call of God to the people: Come out of her. God is drawing the holy people away from the destruction to come, asking them to renounce the ways of BAbylon and to reconnect with the way God has designed for them to live. They may be in Babylon, but they are to separate themselves from the way of Babylon.
May you be in the world, but separate yourself from the way of the world, to live holy and blameless.