Isaiah, Week 3 | Holy, Holy, Holy
Can you believe it? Can you even fathom what it would be like to see the Holy Angels who surround God's throne calling out, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is full of his glory." What a glorious picture it paints. Isaiah says, "at the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke" (Isaiah 6:3-4). The angels cry out and proclaim his goodness, they proclaim is holiness.
Holy = set apart. God is set apart from His creation. He is perfect, He is pure.
Isaiah, on the other hand was neither of those things. He was a sinful man who explains that his lips were unpure. So, here Isaiah sits in the thrown room of God filled with sin, and recognizes that he is unworthy to be in the presence of God. He cried out, "Woe to me, I am ruined!". The moment that he cried out for God, he was met by a seraph (God's most holy angels) and his unclean lips were touched by coal from the God's altar. The seraph said to him, "See, this has touched your lips, your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for" (Isaiah 6:7).
God took away the sins of Isaiah, this was not because of any works that Isaiah had done. It was purely because Isaiah recognized how much he needed God and God heard his cry. Once Isaiah had a heart change and was made pure by the grace of God, he was then able to hear God.
Isaiah heard God asking, "Whom shall I send?" and because his heart was right with God, he declared, "Here I am! Send me!" God responded, "GO!" (Isaiah 9:9).
Isaiah could not fulfill the commission that God had for him while he was covered in sin. It was not until Isaiah cried out for God, and received God's grace that he could live out God's call on his life.
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:29-30
Do you ever struggle with hearing God? I believe that God gave Isaiah this vision to give us guidance on entering into the Holy presence of God. We must proclaim the Lord is Holy and apart from Him we can do nothing. We must exalt Him, ask for forgiveness, and let his grace fall upon us for restoration. Friends, I encourage you to soak in His Holy presence and open your heart to hear his voice. God has a mighty plan for your life and is commissioning you to GO.
Be blessed! Meg