Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
Isaiah 6:1-5 says “In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And on called out to another and said, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.’ And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said,’Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.’”
I have always been fascinated with the call of Isaiah in this passage. But today I actually had the time to think and pray about what I was reading. Isaiah must have been a really amazing person. He was given this vision of God in His absolute majesty and holiness. Now for a lot of us, we would like nothing better to have such a vision. We even have songs like I Can Only Imagine (I like this song, by the way) to give ideas of what it might be like. But, would such a vision be like we imagine it would be, or we would like it to be? I have my doubts about that. This short passage give us a clue to what seeing God in his majesty might really be like.
When Isaiah saw God, he saw His Holiness. Isaiah had never seen absolute holiness before. Neither have we, except for passages like this in Scripture. And even at that, our minds can’t really conceive what it would really be like to see God in this way. How did Isaiah react to seeing God’s glory and holiness?
Basically, he thought he was finished. He said “I am undone.” Or, “I’m splitting apart.” His reaction was one of deep conviction of sin and then confession. In a word, he was HUMBLED. Truly seeing God in his Holiness should make fall at his feet in humility and confession. I don’t believe, as a Christian, you can look at true holiness and have any other reaction.
I don’t know about you, but I found it fascinating that Pastor Brandon finished his series Be Generous by preaching on Isaiah 58:1-12. Do you remember what God said about His people in that passage? He said hey lacked HUMILITY. They were doing everything right, but He asked,”are you humble?” Do we serve God out of humility, to try to please him or out of guilt? One thing I have been learning in the re:generation program is that God really appreciates humility. Most, if not all in the our group, admit that we are filled with pride and selfishness.
Isaiah saw God in His Holiness and fell apart in humility and confession. Soon after that, he was called to the ministry. His life would be hard. He would speak to a people who would not listen. But Isaiah was not deterred. He had seen God in His Holiness!!! I think there is a lesson here for us. Serving God is not something we should do to make us look good, or feel good, or to help us make up for our sins. It must be done out of confession and humility, May God give us eyes to see and ears to hear when He speaks. He does speak to us today!! And may we listen and respond to Him with a heart of confession and humility!