King Uzziah of
Israel, was brave, strong and wise person. The people
had felt a sense of security during the
reign of King Uzziah . The death of the King was
sudden and unexpected. This made the Israelites very confused,
frustrated and depressed.
Prophet Isaiah was
a close relative and the political advisor of the king Uzziah.
As he was the prophet, Isaiah had the knowledge of knowing
Gods’ will and hence advised the king accordingly.
The enemies were
waiting for a chance to attack Israel. By observing the
situation of the nation, even the prophet also became
upset. The prophet knelt down and meditated at the
temple of the Lord. The prophet saw a wonderful vision of the
Lord, sitting on the heavenly throne, which was high and lifted
up. He saw the Lord who is the most powerful one. We
should not be dismayed or discouraged when trouble comes but
kneel down and pray to the Almighty Lord.
The context of this
chapter was that the king has just died and the throne of Israel
was available, there was no king sitting on the throne.
Isaiah was walking into the temple of the Lord when
God opened up Isaiah’s eyes and allowed him to see the heavenly
kingdom. This can be very relevant when it comes to our lives
today. We can’t be looking at man or the government for direction
but we need to be looking at God. Everyone is worried about the
upcoming elections and picking sides hoping that
person will solve the issues of our country . The
reason our country has issues in the first place is that we lost
sight of God and seeking Him, reading the Word, depending on the
power of the Holy Spirit for salvation for change. The dollar
bill that says “In God We Trust” doesn’t mean anything anymore.
It doesn’t matter who is in the White House if the people
do not change. In 1 Peter 4:17 it says that, “for it is time for
judgment to begin with God's household; and if it begins with us,
what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of
God?” We are the house of the Lord but are we seeking Him
first? How many of us say that we are Christians but yet
we are ensnared by the things of the world. We
care about money, power, pride, rather than love, charity
and forgiveness. We want to seek our own personal holiness rather
than God’s Holiness. We say we love Jesus but hate people. Do you
walk in Holiness?
What is Holiness?
There are two words which are related to the word Holiness the
first of which is consecration, which is our reaction to
God’s love. It makes us want to separate ourselves form all
the junk of the world and be closer to God.
Sanctification which is life long process in which the holy
spirit sees our wellness to consecrate our self and He begins
this transformation process by making us more holy and useful for
the kingdom of God. In summary consecration is man’s job(Leviticus 20:7) and sanctification
is the Holy Spirit’s job (1 Thessalonians 5:23) and it starts from
the time you get saved unto eternity. One will not happen
without the other. What this means is that you can’t ask God to
change you if you’re not willing to change.
When our life is
going well, we may not be able to find time to see the Glory of
the Lord. When trouble comes, we are to kneel down in His
presence; and He will convert our problems into projects.
The vision of the Lord and His throne empowered the prophet
to face the problems. His negative thoughts were
transformed to positive thoughts. He realized the
everlasting Lord would be with him forever, in all the
circumstances of life.
The personal experience and vision of
the Glory of the Lord made the prophet stronger than ever to face
the realities of life. He did not only know the Lord, but
also experienced the presence and companionship of the Lord in
his life. We need exactly the same experience now.
Dear God, please humble
our hearts. Heal our broken lives with Your love. We ask for Your
forgiveness from our sins. Thank you for hearing our prayer in
Jesus name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
worried for any reason. The living Lord and Holy Spirit will
provide the best in our life. Experience it; face the problems of
life! Let us sing with the famous gospel singer, Bill
“Because He lives, I can
face tomorrow because He lives, all fear is gone; because I know, He
holds the future, And life is worth living Just because He lives.”
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