Summary: Seeing God as He truly is helps us to discover His place in our lives and our need of Him.
The Power of Godly Thinking
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.
3 And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 "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."
6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
THE POWER OF THOUGHT is without a doubt the greatest gift possessed by mankind. Its what separates us from the animal kingdom. Just think of it for a moment—without the power of thought there would be no dreaming, no loving, no hoping, no praying! And that’s not all. There would be no singing, no working, no purpose, no meaning in life—just mere existence.
HOW to think is the most important thing for anyone to know. What a person has for a GOAL in life will determine than manner of his thinking. How we face the problems of life; how we find satisfaction and achieve a level of happiness is determined to a great extent by the WAY we think!
Whether we are a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE thinker will determine our approach to life. That’s why it is important for us to know ourselves. We must know WHAT we think, HOW we think, and WHY we think the way we do.
But of course self-knowledge is not enough. We must know God because in knowing Him we also come to know ourselves. We have been created in His image. And since in the bible we have a record of what He has planned for us, it behooves us to become acquainted with Him through His Word.
THE GOD OF THE BIBLE INVITES US TO KNOW HIM. The Bible tells us an awfully lot about God. It tells us, for example, that He is…
Real, not abstract
Personal, not indefinite
Near, not distant
Caring, not passive
The Bible provides many ways for us to discover just what God is like and I think the best way is to study His dealings with mankind.
Isaiah’s encounter with God is an excellent place to begin. He began his career by seeing God in His full glory and holiness. This experience changed his life forever. He saw himself as God saw him. He confessed his sin and was then ready to serve his Lord.
Let’s consider together, three main facts that issue from Isaiah 6:1-8
1. God Uses Circumstances to Make Us Aware of His Presence
At the time this vision took place, Isaiah was going through a very dark valley. It was a time of loss, an experience of grief. His friend, King Uzziah, had died. Isaiah, no doubt, was full of fear. and very discouraged. For him, the death of Uzziah meant the death of hope, of promise, of dreams—not unlike the way the disciples felt after our Lord Jesus was crucified.
In some ways, we, like Isaiah and the disciples, live in very troublesome times, don’t we? War is raging all about us.
Satan is waging war against our families (divorce, same sex parenting, sexual and physical abuse).
Moral war in our nation against drugs, racism, abortion.
Spiritual war within the hearts of men for who will be Lord in their lives, which is really the root cause of all other wars. And this war is twofold: (1) sinner, (2) saint.
Isaiah, in the midst of his troublesome time, said, “I SAW THE LORD!” His earthly situation turned his eyes upward. That’s the way it is with some of us. We have to experience pain and heartache before God can get our attention. That fact ought to make us both sad and glad. Sad because God has allowed trauma and trial to be a part of our lives so that we’ll look to Him for salvation, courage, wisdom, and hope. Glad because He is there to turn to in times of personal crisis.