Text: Isaiah 6:1-8
Are you afraid of God? You should be…
You can make all the excuses you want: God is a God of love, he makes rainbows and sunshine, not fear and anger. I’ve tried my hardest to be good. I’ve lived a much purer life than a lot of people in this world.
But when you find yourself standing in the presence of the perfectly true and just God on Judgment Day, no excuse will be good enough. God has declared, “Be holy as I the Lord your God am holy,” and when you finally see just how holy God really is juxtaposed against your complete unholiness, trust me, the excuses will melt away and the only thing left will be reverent fear.
It was just such an occasion that prompted Isaiah (who probably lived a much purer life than even you) to cry out, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips… and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
When you find yourself face to face with the Almighty God, like Isaiah, every pretext will disappear. You will see yourself and you will be seen as you truly are, a dirty, rotten sinner and God is very clear about what he will do to dirty, rotten sinners.
But take heart, the God who inspires such reverent fear is also a God of love; a God who says to us, “Your guilt is taken away and your sin is atoned for.”
Nothing we have done or could do for ourselves could prepare us to face God with anything but crippling fear, but what we couldn’t do he did for us. Because of Jesus our guilt is removed and our sin atoned for. We should still treat God with the respectful, reverent fear that the Holy and Almighty God deserves, but now, because of Jesus, we can also treat him as a Father. Like Isaiah, the recognition of what should have been and what actually is when it comes to our relationship to God inspires us to live daily for God. “Here am I, God, send me!”
Prayer: Heavenly Father you are perfect, we are not. Forgive us when we fail to respect you as we should. Forgive us when we fail to take seriously the very real and serious sins we commit on a daily basis. Thank you for sending your Son to pay the price for our sins. Let the realization of our forgiveness inspire us to serve you to the best of our abilities. Send your Holy Spirit into our lives that we may be daily transformed into Christians who live for Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.