"Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty." Isaiah 6:5
We are a spoiled generation of people. We have all of these books, magazines, and websites that teach us all about God. We have great Sunday School teachers and great preachers who teach us about God. We have our own ideas about what God looks like and what He sounds like when He speaks. Isaiah didn't have the books, the magazines, or the websites. Isaiah didn't have any preconceived ideas or notions about God. Isaiah did get a vision, though. He saw God, "high and exalted." In Isaiah 6, he tells us the things that he saw, but most importantly, he tells us how he responded when he saw the Lord. His response was simply this: "Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty." When Isaiah saw God in His glory, he also saw himself in his sinful, helpless condition. He though he was going to die in the presence of the King. Today, I wonder if we truly understand the glory of the King. I wonder if we truly understand our sinful, helpless state. We approach God like He is supposed to be at our beck and call. We approach God like He is supposed to be our genie in the bottle. We better be careful. God cannot be mocked. God is Creator, Sustainer, and Fulfiller of life. Maybe we need to get the vision that Isaiah got. Maybe when we truly see the glory of God, high and exalted, we will begin to honor Him as He deserves. Today, more than ever, let's pray that God will show us His glory and that we will respond in a way that honors Him.