A lesson from Isaiah

The Word of God is our rule and our guide. It is our compass in a sinned stained world. In His word we find direction, understanding, and the straightened path. In the Holy Bible we find shining examples of leadership, sacrifice, love, character, and attitude.

Our world, today, offers little in the way of sacrifice, character, or attitude. The world cries “me” and puts self first. Entitlement is the attitude being adopted throughout society today. Add greed to the mix and you can see what a volatile society this is becoming. Christian views are being touted as “outdated”, “hateful”, and “intolerant”. We, as Christians, are living in an increasingly hostile time, which makes it more difficult to exhibit some of the traits found in the sixth chapter of Isaiah.

Isaiah:6:5: Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah could find nothing but woe for himself upon seeing the Lord. How many people feel worthy of seeing God because they believe that they, of their own accord, are good? Isaiah said that he was a man of unclean lips. How many are willing to admit that? I can admit that, I can say I have been guilty of worse, but I say that so God be glorified for His abundant grace and the cleansing power of His blood.

Isaiah continued by saying that he lived among people of unclean lips. It is hard to imagine that could be more true than it is today! Yet, Isaiah was willing to admit to his sin, to confess his sin, and see himself as unworthy. Is this you? If it isn’t, by the grace of God, it can be. This is a godly attitude and a humbleness sorely lacking today. Though you may be saved by His grace, do not forget from where you came, but use it to show others the miracle working power of Almighty God at work in your life.

Isaiah:6:6: Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
Isaiah:6:7: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Here we see the reward of Isaiah in recognizing his sin, confessing his sin, and seeing that he was unworthy. His iniquity was taken away and his sin purged. Isaiah had the right attitude. He was in the midst of a people with unclean lips and he was like them. With courage and truth he stepped forward, out of the crowd, and confessed. He was forgiven.

Isaiah:6:8: Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Finally, we see a willing attitude. Isaiah heard God ask, who will go for us? The willing servant said, Here am I, send me. The details weren’t given, the destination wasn’t given, the amount of time wasn’t given. None of these things mattered. Do these things matter to you? If God is calling, do you need the details? If God asks, is it too much for you? Are you counting the cost?

Today we should ask ourselves what kind of attitude we are displaying. Have we judged ourselves worthy, or worthy by the blood of Jesus Christ? Can we humble ourselves and confess our sin? Can we separate ourselves from the crowd for His sake? The Lord asks “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us”? My answer is, here am I Lord, send me. What is yours?

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One comment

  1. Good exhortation! It is interesting that God did tell Isaiah that he would be sent to the children of Israel and they would not accept His message. So much of the church today, unfortunately, is just like that. Speak to them smooth things and they listen, tell them the Word of God and you are divisive.
    Repentant sinners who place their faith in Jesus Christ are used by God for His glory. May we stay faithful and true!
    God bless you:)
    http://holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/perfected-love/

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