On this second Sunday of Advent, I’m already noticing my tendency to process life based solely on what I can see.
- If there are three pairs of shoes and a half bushel of dog fur on the dining room floor, I must be a terrible housekeeper.
- If no one in the house has clean underwear in their bureaus, I must not be trying hard enough.
- If I’ve checked all my boxes, I’m probably awesome and can take a day off from my spiritual disciplines.
You can see how this manner of thinking leads nowhere good…
Reading through Isaiah this month and landing in chapter six forces me to press my nose hard against scripture’s window and ask myself, “What if, like Isaiah, I saw the Lord?” I’m not thinking primarily about a vision complete with a throne and royal robes, blazing seraphim and antiphonal singing.
I’m thinking about his holiness, his compassionate patience put on display in the person of Christ, and his majestic greatness that prompted the seraphim to cry out:
The whole earth is full of His glory!”Isaiah 6:3
What if I saw the Lord, first and foremost, and my vision of him became the most compelling message in my brain? What if YOU saw the Lord as he truly is?
Here’s the truth we are missing:
The more clearly you see the Lord, the more clearly you will see yourself.Tweet
Therefore, the challenge is to spend these days leading up to Christmas focused on the One who is sitting upon the throne.
Scripture is loaded with examples of faithful (and unfaithful) followers who “saw the Lord.” Job’s response was to “repent in dust and ashes.” Peter looked at miraculous bounty in a fishing vessel and “fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.‘”
Advent is an invitation to consider Jesus, God’s Son who left his throne so that when we see God’s holiness, our “woe is me” can quickly become “Lord, change me!” He is not at all perplexed by your sin or mine. He knows what to do about it, and he is never surprised. (It’s hard to surprise or disappoint someone who is omniscient!)
Like Isaiah, we bring our sin along with us right into the presence of God where the red hot coal of forgiveness purges guilt and shame forever. Will you make time today to see the Lord? He promises an audience in his throne room to those who seek him, and he’s always available:
We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always easy to penetrate. The real labour is to remember to attend. In fact to come awake. Still more to remain awake.”C.S. Lewis
May you wake up to the presence of God in your life during this Advent season and this journey through the book of Isaiah. The more you see the Lord, the more you will see and understand your true self–and perhaps begin to see less of yourself and more of others?. May you find yourself entering into God’s joyful surprise of finding yourself loved more than you can imagine.
Because the whole earth is full of his glory,
Advent is an invitation to consider Jesus, God’s Son who left his throne so that when we see God’s holiness, our “woe is me” can quickly become “Lord, change me!” He is not at all perplexed by your sin or mine.Tweet
It’s not too late to join us in our journey through Isaiah. Download the reading schedule here, and be saturated in truth from Isaiah’s pen during this Advent season!
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