Yesterday in church a prophetic word came forth from the Lord that, in it’s essence, said, “see Me, says the Lord. See Me, above the circumstances of life, above the problems you may be experiencing. See Me, as the All-powerful, All-knowing, All-seeing, All-sufficient One.” This word from the Lord is still resonating in my heart this morning and as I meditated on it the Lord prompted me to look at a portion of scripture in Isaiah, chapter six.
Isaiah 6:1-8 NKJV In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
In thinking about this portion of scripture the first thing that I noticed was the time when Isaiah saw the Lord. It was in the year of the death of King Uzziah. My Bible commentary says that Isaiah was called to prophesy to his people during a crucial time in the history of Judah and Israel. “Both the southern and northern kingdoms had experienced a half-century of increasing prosperity and power.” The people, under the leadership of the past six kings, had succumbed to pagan worship and had fallen into serious moral and spiritual decline. It was in the year of King Uzziah’s death that Isaiah, with all the turmoil and conflict that was taking place in his country, saw the Lord in His majesty and holiness! I can only imagine the splendor of that heavenly setting!
Does this picture seem familiar to you? Do you see the correlation between that time and place during Isaiah’s prophetic calling and the time and place in which we are living in our world today? Ecclesiastes 1:9, 10 says that there is “nothing new under the sun”. “Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us.”
Isaiah, immediately upon seeing the Lord in all His splendor, was reminded of his own sinfulness, weakness and frailty. He said even “the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of the Lord” and he cried out to the Lord confessing his uncleanliness. Immediately God took care of his unclean lips by purging them with a coal taken from the altar in heaven. God is quick to forgive and remove our sin when we confess it to Him. Jesus was sacrificed on God’s altar to pay the price for our sin and when we acknowledge our weakness and frailties He immediately says, “be thou clean; you are forgiven”. Once Isaiah’s sin was dealt with he very quickly answered God’s call to service, to be the prophet called to bring the voice of God to his people.
When we see God in His glorious splendor, the One bigger than all of life’s uncertainties and problems, suddenly what we are experiencing in our own personal lives must take a back seat to His majesty. The enormity of our problems fades away as we look into His face and experience His greatness. Isaiah was forever changed in the presence of God.
Have you given God the place that He deserves, above the cares of this life? Has He called you to a life in His service that seems to be an unfathomable undertaking based on the weakness of your humanity? See Him, high and exalted, far above the mountain of your inability; see Him, the Greater One who lives within you and desires to flow through you to effect His change in your sphere of influence. See “Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Colossians 3:1-3 NKJV If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on this earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When your perspective changes your walk will follow. At one point in that prophetic word yesterday the Lord said, “See Me, and your body will follow”. What we behold becomes what we walk towards. If we are beholding our problems, our cares, our insecurities, and our sin our walk will be one of negativity, depression, defeat, and discouragement. But when we see Him, we can’t help but elevate our thoughts, our vision and our walk. Isaiah, after seeing the Lord, immediately began to walk out the vision of God to speak into the hearts of his people. His walk changed, his talk became what God wanted to say through him, and hope was restored when a picture of the coming Messiah was given. Hearts were changed, beginning with his own. Now, I believe God wants to do the same in our lives today. When we “see Him”, we will be changed!