In an adapted excerpt from his book, Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God So Stop Trying, Drew Dyck writes, “The cruel irony of choosing God’s love over his holiness is that we end up losing both. The affection of a familiar, buddy deity isn’t worth much. Only the love of the Lord of heaven and earth, who dwells in unapproachable light, is truly awe-inspiring. When we lose sight of God’s greatness, his love loses meaning. Perhaps this is why we write more saccharine love songs about God’s affection or make bizarre speculations that Jesus would have died ‘just for me.’ Are we trying to convince ourselves, through repetition and superlatives, that his love still has meaning? Only when we rediscover the holiness of God will we be overwhelmed by his love. Only then will we realize how truly good the news of the gospel is—that this holy God turns out to be a lover, that the temple curtain designed to protect us is now torn to let us in.”
God’s holiness is beyond our understanding and yet we must not overlook it when considering his attributes.