Have you ever been undone or felt that you are? Do you wonder what I mean by using undone? Isaiah 6, one of my favorites in this particular book.
Isaiah is faced with the presence of God & in His presence he was undone. He was finished, ruined. When faced with God’s glory, man, sin, NO THING can stand. I love this chapter because of it’s beauty, restorative work and calling.
Starting in verse 1: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. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said:“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;The whole earth is full of His glory!”4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.5 So I said:“Woe is me, for I am [a]undone!Because 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 live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:“Behold, this has touched your lips;Your iniquity is taken away,And your sin [b]purged.”8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:“Whom shall I send,And who will go for Us?”Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people:‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’10 “Make the heart of this people dull,And their ears heavy,And shut their eyes;Lest they see with their eyes,And hear with their ears,And understand with their heart,And return and be healed.”
When God spoke, the place was shaken. Isn’t that how it is with us? Really think about that? When you are convicted by your sin, when God is calling you or calling you out, how does it make you feel? It shakes your soul. God allows us to be SO THAT we will see Him most clearly. The weight of His glory is heavy. It can be like the most fragrant, lingering, beautiful perfume or it can be crushing, weighing you down as if you’re carrying a boulder on your back.
Woe is me, for I am undone! Isaiah knew he wasn’t worthy to be in the presence of the Most High. When we come before God, shouldn’t we have the same posture? When we see God clearly, with fresh eyes and a renewed spirit, we will begin to “see” others in the same way.
Now, the calling. The seraphim took a live coal & touched Isaiah’s lips. Why? It was form of blood sacrifice and purification. Isaiah was being cleansed before his calling. God asks, Who shall I send? Who will go for Us? (Notice the use of Us as in plural: Father, Son, Holy Ghost) & without hesitation Isaiah jumps up & says Me, Me, send Me.
Can you imagine what our lives would be like, what this world would be like if we would just GO? FOLLOW GOD & do His will as He has called us to do. Instead we make excuse after excuse: That’s not my calling. I’m not led to do that, surely there’s someone else. I don’t have the gift of speech, I’m too busy. I have a family. I’m too young/old. We have missionaries for that. I’ll pay for whomever & whatever to go, but I’m not doing it. I’ve served my time.
How many of those have you used? Believe me, I am guilty of several.
The enemy is sly in slipping these excuses into our thoughts. He will place stumbling blocks everywhere & place thorns in your side to convince you that you are not worthy & that you will never make a difference. Well, he is a liar! That is why is is called the deceiver & adversary.
The people then are the same people today just thousands of years later. They still need for their hearts to be turned towards God. They still need to be shown the love of God & not the hate of man. Widows, orphans, the poor still need food, clothing & shelter. Perhaps in your back yard….
Get undone before your King. Allow Him to cleanse your lips so that you can go….so that I can go.
One day this earth will be shaken. Where will you fall?