Face to Face: Seeing the Invisible

face2face_websiteIsaiah 6:1-7; Psalm 110

We encounter unbelief in many forms: liberal Christianity, agnosticism, militant atheism, or man-made religions. What we can say of each of them is this: they are all attempt to suppress the truth about God. Romans 1:20 gives us a profound sight of what happens when a community looses faith in an almighty God:

"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being under-stood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse….. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen" Romans 1:20, 25

If we are going to see God’s power break out, it will not happen from any human initiative. What we desperately need, more than anything else, is to coming Face to Face with God.  We need to see Him as He really is – to have a true and accurate picture of God and to understand and appreciate His ways. All that is perverse, every degraded act that is committed, comes about because of the absence of absolute truth, because of wrong ideas in the mind of man, and particularly wrong ideas about God.

Isaiah’s predictable world falls apart

Isaiah 6:1 states two facts: "In the year that King Uzziah died”  and “I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted…"

For Isaiah, the death of this earthly king meant that a superficial peace ended in his nation. But then he saw God on the throne and true purpose began in his life from that day onwards, Isaiah’s world fell apart but his life suddenly came together.  As believers, we experience a similar "falling apart" to that of Isaiah’s. If our lives are to have the kind of outcome that God desires for us, Isaiah’s experience must be duplicated in our lives. Our predictable world must fall apart before it can come together under God’s hand.

The end of superficial peace

Uzziah became puffed up with pride over his political achievements. (2 Chronicles 26:16-21). Uzziah tried to play God by mixing the roles of priest and king without permission from God. His death meant that the world as Isaiah knew it was about to collapse.  As it was in Isaiah’s day, so it is for us. Our security cannot rest on what world leaders and politicians are saying and doing: It never did. "Uzziah" may be dead, but the Living God is still very much alive.  Very little changes through the ages. We live in a world so similar to that of Isaiah’s. Unbelief abounds..

God reveals Himself to us in an unusual way

Yet, into the midst of all this turmoil, Adonai speaks. “Adonai” a title not a name. (Ps 110, John 12.41, John 17.5). He is high and lifted up. Train fills the temple (Acts 17.2). This is God outside the box. But this is not about eyesight as much as our heart attitude.

God steps forward to reveal himself to his people and to remind them, "I am still on the throne." For Christians, the Lord Jesus is seated on the heavenly throne, and is enthroned in our lives. Isaiah was the one who was chosen to see the Lord and to become God’s mouthpiece to the nation; Isaiah, a man who lived to honour God’s holiness as a priest in his temple, but who also needed a touch from God. Eventually, in his encounter with the Lord, he became cleansed of his personal "leprosy".

The question is, "How expectant are you that God wants to meet with you in such a way?"

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