(see also CONSECRATION)
Quarterback cum ESPN commentator Joe Theismann, allegedly explaining to his
soon-to-be-ex second wife why he had an affair: "God wants Joe Theismann to be
A holy life will make the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns, they just shine.
Once, as an experiment, the great scientist Isaac Newton stared at the image of the sun reflected in a mirror. The brightness
burned into his retina, and he suffered temporary blindness. Even after he hid for three days behind closed shutters, still
the bright spot would not fade from his vision. "I used all means to divert my imagination from the sun," he writes, "But if
I thought upon him I presently saw his picture though I was in the dark." If he had stared a few minutes longer, Newton might
have permanently lost all vision. The chemical receptors that govern eyesight cannot withstand the full force of unfiltered
There is a parable in Isaac Newton's experiment, and it helps illustrate what the Israelites ultimately learned from
the wilderness wanderings. They had attempted to live with the Lord of the Universe visibly present in their midst; but, in the
end, out of all the thousands who had so gladly fled Egypt, only two survived God's Presence. If you can barely endure
candlelight, how can you gaze at the sun?
Philip Yancey, Disappointment With God,
Zondervan, p. 74.
How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets real thing, it is irresistible.
C.S. Lewis, Letters to an American Lady, New Bible Commentary, p. 28.
"Holiness does not consist in mystic speculations, enthusiastic fervours, or uncommanded austerities; it consists in thinking as
God things, and willing as God wills."
John Brown, Nineteenth-century Scottish theologian, quoted in J. Bridges,
The Pursuit of Holiness, p. 51.