Greetings brothers and sisters in the Lord,
You’ve heard the expression, “The good die young.” The phrase originated in a proverb by a Greek historian named Herodotus (445 BC.) He wrote, “Whom the gods love dies.” That was king Uzziah’s story (Isa 6). He was a good king of Judah. He fought against the Philistines and other nations with many a victory, but just like any other man, he died.
The year king Uzziah died, Isaiah the prophet was very discouraged. He felt disillusioned as we all do at times of confusion and questioning. He’s wondering, “Where is God?” “Why has our good king died of leprosy?” Isaiah does what a wise believer does—he goes to the temple where the Lord’s earthly throne and Ark of the Covenant (God’s presence) were.
Isaiah sees winged creatures all around the Lord God’s throne. Each had six wings: two veiled their faces, two veiled their feet, and two flew all around. They shouted to each other, saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of heavenly forces! All the earth is filled with God’s glory!” Smoke filled the temple and it shook; it was then Isaiah discerned his spiritual condition recognizing his inadequacy and unworthiness in the presence of God’s holiness.
Surely Isaiah’s response to being in the presence of the holiness of God is how we’d respond if we saw a vision like that. We’d drop to our knees, head touching the ground, and think we’d be made dust in just a few seconds! Truth be said, the closer we come to the Lord the more aware we are of our inadequacies and unworthiness. Isaiah may have thought he was ruined, but that wasn’t God’s plan; this is what happened.
One of the winged creatures flew to Isaiah, holding a glowing coal that had been taken from the altar with tongs. The winged creature touched his mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips. Your guilt has departed, and your sin is removed.” Then the Lord’s voice said, “Whom should I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah said, “I’m here; send me!” Not exactly your typical call story!
When Isaiah confessed his sin God cleansed him, and he picked himself up—rejuvenated and re-energized in his faith. He reclaimed his calling—right in the midst of his sorrow about king Uzziah’s death.
I’ve often wondered what it takes to prompt us to recognize the dilemma of our human condition. It seems the awareness of our spiritual condition so often occurs right in the middle of life’s disappointments that we thought were a hindrance. Perhaps disappoints become a path that draws us closer in relationship to God. Maybe it’s the sorrows and losses of our lives that become the means by which God shapes our hearts and transforms us to wait patiently for Him? Isaiah had a rough time when grief and disillusionment hit him, but he reconnected with God and got back on track to where God wanted him to be, and he started to serve again.
My question to you is this. If you’re in a low spot in your life, I’m wondering, what can you do about it? The more intimate the time we spend with Jesus is the more we’re changed into His likeness. It may not be someone else’s likeness, because we all differ in “likeness”, but God has designed each one of us to a Mission Statement To worship the Lord Jesus Christ by serving the spiritual, spiritual and social needs of our community and beyond. Vision Statement To continue to grow and renew an intergenerational and diverse congregation. sacred vocation to serve and respond to His calling. Sometimes our call comes to us through the invitation of another and sometimes we seem to just wander into it.
Many people seek the will of God to later find they’d been walking in it all along. And don’t you find the knowledge we have of God is above our level of obedience? It’s information just waiting to go down into our hearts. What we need to do to find God’s will for our lives is to do what we already know to do, and in doing that, God leads us to where we need to be. I challenge you again with this same need. Take the time to pray daily. Pray more. Pray more often. I pray God will bless each of you and transform your hearts and minds as you spend that intimate time in prayer with the Lord. Grace and peace to each of you as we walk together with God.