Someone Worth Looking Up To

Article written by Brother Bledsoe

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Isaiah 6:1

What an experience it must have been for the prophet Isaiah.  The commentaries that I have read all call this experience a “vision.”  However, just a casual reading one will find that the word “vision” is not in the text.  To the contrary, what is described are real and tangible events of what Isaiah saw and experienced.  For example, he said that he saw the Lord, sitting upon a throne.  Not only did he visibly see the Lord but he also saw the throne that the Lord was sitting on.  He saw that it was a very high throne.

When he saw the Lord, it changed his opinion of himself.  He said that he was unclean and had unclean lips.  I think that it would not matter how holy we might think ourselves to be if we had the same experience as did Isaiah; we would not feel the same again.  We would plead the blood of Christ as fervently as we possibly could because we who had been comparing ourselves with ourselves would recognize just how undone we really are.  Does not the Scripture state that all of our “righteousness is as filthy rags.”

Christ Jesus has always been or should have been our standard for the way we conduct our lives.  I have never been able to reach to the measure of such a lofty standard but it is something that I must keep reaching for and so should you.  Paul wrote in Galatians 4:19 concerning his spiritual converts, “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you.”  It was to a place of spiritual maturity that Paul desired that all converted to Christ should come to.  Perhaps it was to that level of spiritual maturity that Isaiah achieved when he saw the Lord high and lifted up.

We must always keep the Lord first in our lives and then He will lead us to the spiritual maturity that He intends for us.  Amen. Have a blessed day.

Pastor Jim Bledose - Prayer ministry and weekly devotion author at Life Church in Phoenix
Brother Bledsoe
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