September 04, 2020

Have you ever been awestruck by God’s creation? It was while I was in the middle of nowhere in Alaska that I first experienced this. While up in the mountains, I saw massive glaciers off in the distance. I felt so small, humbled, and insignificant, yet I felt a closeness to God that I couldn’t describe. It humbled me and uniquely showed me His amazing grace.

Isaiah 6:1-5 (ESV)

1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:  “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;  the whole earth is full of his glory!”  4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

This is such a powerful moment in Scripture. Isaiah gets a vision of God on the throne and is so awestruck by what he sees. Yet his response to God is not, “WOW God! You're awesome!” or “I can’t believe angels fly around saying ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ all day!”. Instead his response is a cry of anguish because of his sin. Why is that?

In a brief moment, Isaiah fully experienced what many of us experience in small doses (if that) throughout our lifetime. While we're in the presence of God, we more clearly see our sin. The sight of his sin caused Isaiah to adopt a posture of humility before God.  Psalm 51 and Matthew 6 show that God desires a spirit that is broken before Him because of sin. It's only then that He can show his magnificent grace!

In verses 6-7, God extended His grace to Isaiah because he had humbled himself through the conviction of his sin. James 4:6 tells us that He “gives grace to the humble” and it's that grace that moved Isaiah to be used by God for whatever He desired (verse 8). 

As a believer, I need to be reminded of God’s grace given to me even though I sin. It’s seeing who I am, in light of who God is, that moves me to deep humility.  Thus, I see more clearly the sweet grace offered to me.


O Holy One, I deserve nothing but punishment, but in your steadfast love you have given me unmerited grace through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The closer I get to you, the more I see the sin that is in me. However, I also see the abundant grace offered time and time again.
May your grace motivate me to humble obedience to your will.


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