Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Discover Part 2

Submitted by Jim Garner

We’ve all seen things that have surprised, scared, or shocked us. It might have been during a time of exploration with friends in a house you thought was “haunted”, a scary scene in a movie, or being blown away by a part of God’s creation that just overwhelmed you with its beauty and awe.
·      What is the most “awe-inspiring” place you have been to or seen pictures of before?
·      Can you think of an experience that really caught you off guard (scared/surprised) but turned out to be amazing?
Today’s devotional is going to take us to a story in the Old Testament that involved all three things that were mentioned above but truly happened to the prophet Isaiah all at one time – surprise, scared, and shock. But it was a great thing!  What was it he was allowed to discover? It was the Lord himself! It had to bring out lots of emotions in this one experience but it was so worth it!  We get a glimpse of this experience in the sixth chapter of Isaiah.
Isaiah 6:1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for 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!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 

Yesterday we talked about discovering our faith through the life of Abram. Today we are going to actually focus on what it means to discover God himself. If you haven’t done that before then this is your lucky day! Why? Because you get to see through Scripture and through the most pure form of worship what it means to see and experience God, and then figure out what it means for your life. But before we do this let me ask you a question that all should consider.
·      If you were standing before the Lord himself and he asked you, “Why should I let you into my Kingdom?” what would you say?
If you don’t know for sure please contact a pastor or mature Christian family member or friend right now and tell them so you can figure it out. It’s the most important question to answer without a doubt. We must be prepared to meet God!
So speaking of meeting God, let’s take a brief look at the description provided in Isaiah’s experience. He sees the Lord lifted high in all his majesty and glory. He even describes the robe’s train as large and filling the temple. These are interesting looking creatures called “seraphim” that were in awe of God and constantly gave worship to Him as they covered their own eyes with their wings. His holiness and majesty were so overwhelming it seems like they felt unworthy to even look at God. They chanted a rhyme describing the greatness of God: “Holy, Holy, Holy…” over and over.

“Holy” is a word that relates to worship and awe, and basically means “set apart”.  That is God. He is set apart from all. He is deserving of complete devotion and praise for His divine quality and being. There are so many ways to describe Him yet none of our human terms seem to do it justice even when we try our best. He is so much more!
But here’s where we come in and learn from Isaiah about what it means to truly discover God. Isaiah realized his unworthiness and state of sinfulness before the Lord. His eyes, mind, and heart were opened to a state of separation between he and God. He was grateful and blown away but also realized the desperate reality of his need and the people of Israel before the Lord.
·      Isn’t this where we find ourselves when we come before the holy God? Have you ever had a similar experience of awe and humility before the Lord?
We must realize, like Isaiah, that we are lost and nothing before God. This is where every person should find themselves before the Lord at some point in their life. Have you? But instead of staying in this lost and hopeless state the seraphim was able to cleanse Isaiah of his sin and bring him into a relationship and understanding of God. Jesus paid that price for you and me by the sacrifice of his life. He took on death so we might have life. We are nothing and lost without Him. But He is there and available to give you the life and hope that only He can give. It’s eternal life – both for now and forever!
To Consider
·      What is your favorite characteristic or thing about God?
·      How would you describe Him to a friend?
·      What is your spiritual condition before God right now? 
·      Have you realized you need Him?
Then Isaiah heard the Lord’s voice issuing a call to which he responded: “Here am I! Send me.” What will you do? Will you go?

Pray Today…

That God will give you a spiritual encounter with Him today/this week and that you will respond with complete trust! Also, be in prayer for our upcoming North Side Missions Conference in January 2018 and that people will respond to go!

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