Devotion – July 7, 2015 – Seated On His Throne

isaiah6_1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
—Isaiah 6:1

This was what Isaiah saw when God called him to be a prophet.  There are many ways we think of God; Father, friend, savior, teacher…  Many of these titles and descriptions help to make God more accessible in our minds, more relatable.  However, it is good to also remember that He is the God of all creation, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Almighty and most holy.  He is beyond our comprehension.  He is greater and holier than we can imagine.

When Isaiah saw the Lord seated on His throne, his immediate reaction was fear and an overwhelming recognition of his sin.

And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for 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!”
—Isaiah 6:5

As we begin to contemplate the glory and holiness of God, we cannot help but to begin to sense the depths of our sin.  There is no hiding it.  And it can be terrifying.

How wonderful, though, is it to continue reading about Isaiah to see God’s response to Isaiah’s terror over his sin:

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
-Isaiah 6:6-7

Heavenly Father,

Were I to enter into Your presence I could not stand.  My sin is too great.  I am lost.  For the sake of Your Son, Jesus and His bitter suffering and death, please forgive me and cleanse me of my sin.

Amen.

Upon your confession, know that you, too, have the same declaration as Isaiah by the blood of Jesus.   These words are for YOU through Christ Jesus:

Your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for!

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