thThe year King Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the Lord.

Isaiah said, “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 my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (6:5)

Isaiah was utterly overwhelmed when he saw the glory and majesty of God. He was sickened and terrified by humanity’s depraved condition. The image of man no longer mirrored his Creator. Isaiah’s countenance fell as he saw his sinfulness.

Our television sets and radios blare, phones ring, horns honk, as we party, yell and dwell amidst a never-ending chorus of noise. We try to drown out the quiet, resist the stillness and flee from the prophet’s vision of man’s fallen state. We resist knowing the beauty of our Creator nor the ugliness within ourselves.

Then one of the Seraphim came to Isaiah with a live coal from the altar.

And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged [atoned for].” (6:7)

Isaiah would later write about a greater atonement made available to whosoever believes. (Isa ch.53, John 3:16) You see, like Isaiah, we need not run from the quiet nor fill the stillness with noise. Instead, we can respond as Isaiah did in his forgiven state when God seeks a witness: “Here am I! Send me.” (6:8)

In Christ, in our forgiven position, we can have an intimate relationship with our glorious and majestic Creator, even at the expense of becoming ever-more aware of our frailty and weakness.

Beloved, be quiet in Him. Allow His indwelling Spirit to accomplish His plan and purpose in your life. Share your love with Him and rejoice in His great and perfect love for you.

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