by Darla Noble
LORD, who shall dwell in your sanctuary? Who shall live on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right, and speaks truth in his heart; he who doesn’t slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor casts slurs against his fellow man.
As I read this verse I couldn’t help but think about something that happened to me several years ago. I went to see my car insurance agent to correct a computer error on my billing statement. When I showed the agent what had happened, he was rude, used foul language (about the computer system), and acted as if I was imposing on his day.
Now let’s fast-forward about five months. I was heading up a living-nativity presentation for the community that would involve several area churches. At the first meeting, each church involved sent two or three representatives to speak for their congregation. Guess who was there? Yep, my insurance agent.
I know we all sin and fall short of God’s glory. I know we all have off days. Was that one of his? I’m not going to lie. I was disillusioned and had a difficult putting aside my encounter with him. I had a difficult time believing he made a good representative for his church.
Those two incidents are still one of the most powerful sermons I’ve ever ‘heard’. I will never forget how important it is to be who I say I am everywhere I am so that I can reside on God’s Holy Hill.
Pray: God, please make me a representative who is always pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.