THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016
Key Bible Verse: Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” (Isaiah 6:5)
Dig Deeper: Isaiah 6:1-7
Look at Isaiah. He was a prophet, the mouthpiece of the living God. By human standards, Isaiah was about as righteous as you could get, but in Isaiah 6, when he stands in the presence of the three-times-holy God, he can’t help but recognize how much those standards fall short. The angels are singing at the top of their lungs about how incredibly glorious God is, and Isaiah is undone, wrecked at the sight of it all. As he sees the image of perfection, he can’t help but fall to his face and weep because the chasm between God and himself is far too great for him to bear.
God wanted to use Isaiah to change the world, but Isaiah had to realize he would have no bragging rights here. So in his kindness, God comes to Isaiah, revealing his glory in a way that humbles Isaiah to his rightful place, and then God immediately extends his hand of atoning grace. The King over all creation graciously destroys the pride in Isaiah’s heart by showing himself as the only worthy one, and then lifts Isaiah’s head by freely bestowing unearned worth upon him. Once the work of humbling Isaiah is done, God calls him to join in his mission.
– Stephen Miller in Liberating King
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