Isaiah 6:5 (NIV)
“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.”
“His profession of faith has been orthodox but empty, with little heart-awareness of the grandeur of God… The most telling indicator that God’s grace is renewing us is not when we say all the right things about his grace but when we stop putting ourselves above others, and even above God.” [Raymond Ortlund, Jr, Isaiah, 79]
Isaiah was undone when he encountered the Lord. God’s holiness had revealed the condition of his heart and of the people. Isaiah realized that dirty lips were just a small part of a bigger problem. It was in God’s holiness that he recognized how dirty he was all over – a spiritual sickness that was in his heart and a spiritual pandemic that plagued the people around him. Sometimes we don’t even realize our own condition. We can become so self-absorbed and acclimated to what’s around us that our hearts suffer from this same spiritual sickness. When we lift our eyes onto God and actually encounter his holiness, even for a moment or a glimpse, we become undone. This is a good thing because God’s holiness reveals what truly afflicts and hinders us. It’s at that point that we can be healed and purified by his grace.
Prayer: Lord, help me to fix my gaze on you and to be undone by your holiness. I am in utter need of your grace. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.