Know that the LORD has set apart the faithful for Himself; the LORD will hear when I call to Him.
To be holy is to be set apart. Notice that the LORD sets apart the faithful for Himself. We do not make ourselves holy. God makes us holy because of our faithfulness to Him.
God desires a people who will seek Him, commune with Him, love Him, and have close relationship with Him. He considers faithful those who have a heart for Him and follow Him. Faithful are the ones who put aside their own agendas to take on His. Faithful are the ones who honor Him and serve Him in the good times and the bad. Faithful are those who will not abandon Him for their own earthly gain. Faithful are the ones who have time for Him. He sets the faithful apart as His very own, not allowing the schemes of the devil nor this world to corrupt them. He listens to the faithful because He wants to hear what they have to say. He will surely protect them and bless them.
To be set apart is to be different from the world. You will not fit in with the crowd. You will not be popular among many. The world will not honor you. In fact, they may actually reject you. To be set apart is to be subjected to discipline. Satan feeds on the flesh and will tempt you with desire. God may not allow the fleshly desires to be fulfilled for those He has set apart. To give you those things would endear you to the world. He desires to satisfy you with good things from His hand. Whatever comes from His hand is certainly worth the wait and the self-control you will have to exert. God hears you when you call, so pour out your desire to Him.
Do you feel like you have been denied in some area? Perhaps, you have been set apart for God, Himself. Have you watched wicked people scheme to get that which is an aching void in your own life? Know that God sees your faithfulness. He has set you apart for Himself. He has made you holy so you can be a light to others. You are His, and He will hear you when you call. He will bless that which is holy and that which He has ordained. You are not denied. You are set apart. You are not rejected. You are set apart. God hears you when you pray, so make your requests known to Him. You have God’s full attention, and His favor rests upon you. There is no better place to be than to be set apart for Him!
Have a blessed day!