July 2nd

Holiness Up Close and Personal

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...And one cried to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!' Isaiah 6:1-3

The king was dead and his throne was empty. No one knew what his son would be like, whether he would be a good king or a bad one.

In that vacuum of security, God gave Isaiah a vision in which He made a clear statement: I am on my throne. In that vision, there are four things Isaiah saw that are important for us to see as well.

First, Isaiah saw God's majesty. The moment we see God's majesty is the deciding moment. God is no longer just the big man upstairs or some higher power. He is now a majestic God who is worthy of me deciding today that He is to become the purpose of my life. This comes down to our heart, where we choose to desire for ourselves to experience His majesty in an up close and personal way.

Second, Isaiah saw his inabilities. He saw how amazing God is and immediately knew the depth of his weakness in comparison. The reality is that you can't be saved until you admit your need for it. And honestly, you could be the best in the world at something, yet partnering with God in it will still make you better. Just ask Peter, who in Luke 5 saw Jesus transform a wasted night of fishing into a catch so big that it began sinking two ships.

Third, Isaiah saw the depth of his sin and iniquity. It was only when he saw his sin, so wretched that he was convinced he would die there in God's presence, that God could send the angel to cleanse him with the coal. We cannot live a holy life until we see our sinfulness, because only then can we repent and turn to God for Him to make us holy.

Fourth, Isaiah saw his availability. If God showed Himself to you in the same way He showed up to Isaiah, and He said, Whom shall I send, who will go for me? you would say, Send me. It's amazing that God would use the likes of us, but when we have seen the first three things today, we cannot answer with anything else but, Send me. Whatever God asks of us, our answer will always be yes.

Ask God to give you this revelation today, and whenever He calls, say yes.

Prayer Lord God,

I can't possibly imagine how majestic You are, so I need You to show Yourself to me. Please capture my heart with a vision of Your majesty so that I will always say, Yes, I will go. Send me.


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