A Glimpse of God
Intro: I can’t think of anything more transforming in a Christian’s life than a glimpse of God. I’m not talking about a literal viewing of God, but through the eye of faith.
The Bible is clear – we couldn’t handle seeing God with our natural eye.
- 1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time.
- Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
However, seeing the Lord on a regular basis is key to the Christian life.
In this passage, the prophet Isaiah got a fresh glimpse of the God
I don’t think it is an accident that prior to Isaiah getting a glimpse of God, something major happened in his life.
A. The Encounter with God – vs. 1 I saw also the Lord – God is real; you can see Him if you want to
It took the death of the king for him to see the KING OF KINGS; you might have to put some other king or god in the ground for you to see HIM!!
B. The Elevation of God – vs. 1 … sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up
C. The Effect of God
- It moved the angels – vs. 3 …and one cried unto another, and said, Holy…
- It moved the house – vs. 4 …and the posts of the door moved at the voice of him
- It moved Isaiah – vs. 5 Then I said, Woe is me!
Getting a glimpse of God had a three-fold effect on Isaiah:
I. It Prompted an Awareness of Sin – vs. 5
- 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.
One of the most important effects of getting a fresh glimpse of God is the inevitable awareness of sin that it will produce in the heart and mind of a believer.
ILLUSTRATION: Imagine if you ladies were working in the flower bed or in the garden. Your hair is a mess, your hands are filthy, your nails are broken, your clothes are sweaty and nasty. Then one of your friends from the church shows up and just got back from a wedding. Their outfit was to die for; their fingernails so perfect and manicured, every hair in place, and their makeup looked like they just walked out of a Avon makeover. How would you feel? You would feel so dirty and unpresentable.
Imagine how you and I would feel if we came face to face with a thrice Holy God!
Adam heard the voice of God in the Garden and he admitted,
- Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
The first reaction that Isaiah had after getting a glimpse of God was WOE IS ME!!!
Definition of WOE – passionate cry of grief or despair
Definition of UNDONE – to cease, cause to cease, cut off, destroy, perish
II. It Promoted an Acceptance to Sanctification – vs. 6, 7
- 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:
- 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.
Several things I noticed about this Sanctification process that took place in Isaiah’s life.
- It only took place after an admission and confrontation of personal sin.
- It was a supernatural act of God – it was performed by the seraphims…
- God used others that recognized and respected the holiness of God – vs. 2, 3
- It required an enormous amount of self-sacrifice – he permitted a live coal to touch his lips!
- God chose to sanctify Isaiah through close contact with the things pertaining to His House.
- It is God that declares us righteous and clean; not ourselves! (What does He say about you?)
III. It Produced an Availability for Service – vs. 8
- 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.
There is something very compelling about a fresh glimpse of God.
When we see Him on His throne, high and lifted up, we are reminded of His immense love for us.
We are reminded of His love for the world.
How can we deny the requests of such a holy, loving God?
How can we refuse to serve One who has been so good to us?