Today’s Reading: Isaiah 6:1-7:25 (additional reading Psalm 54:1-7 and Proverbs 23:1-3)
There was a church which brought a piece of property and built a building. They were excited about serving the Lord. They wanted to win the lost for Christ and encourage the saved to live for Jesus. They really had a vision for God. It was their desire to carry out the Great Commission. They put a sign over the door of their church: “WHERE THERE IS NO VISION, THE PEOPLE PERISH.
Over the years they forgot their purpose and let the building run down and lost many of their people. Over the door of the church, the sign had gotten in bad disarray. It had become old and the paint was faded and one of the letters had fallen off. The “W” on the word “WHERE” had fallen off. Now it read: HERE THERE IS NO VISION, THE PEOPLE PERISH. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A “W” MAKES! Why is it that sincere, God loving people begin a work and it fails. THE ANSWER: – – THEY LOSE THEIR VISION. What is our vision? Where are we going?
We see firstly that Isaiah got a vision of who God was. Have you ever noticed the order, the harmony, the dignity, the stateliness, the sheer awesomeness, the Majestic splendour around the throne of God?
This led him in verse 5 to say “Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone,’ You will never get a real picture of yourself until you see yourself in the presence of the living God.
You will think too highly of yourself or you will think too critically of yourself. Only when you see yourself as God see you will you get a true picture.
Then Isaiah had a beautify picture of God’s grace: Isa 6:6,7 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: 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. God’s grace can reach you – wherever you are. His grace can cleanse you – can restore you. Iniquity is taken away – Sin purged.
We need to remember that the Bible is God’s perfect mirror but it is also a telescope. When I look in God’s mirror and see my sinful nature I must say, “Woe is Me”. but when we look into God’s telescope and see what God is going to make of us by His grace and then we can say, “Praise the Lord. Thank Him for His mercy and grace.”
Do you have a vision?
Do you see yourself from God’s perspective?
Father, Thank You for your grace. Thank You that You give us a vision by which we can live. Help us to remember all that You have shown us and apply the Bible to our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen