Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)
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!”
“Now, for the first time, God speaks. It is as if Isaiah was not ready to hear before this moment, as if the possibility of service could not be appreciated until this time… Having believed with certainty that he was about to be crushed into non-existence by the very holiness of God and having received an unsought for, and unmerited, complete cleansing, what else would he rather do than hurl himself into God’s service? Those who need to be coerced are perhaps too little aware of the immensity of God’s grace toward them.” [John Oswalt, NICOT: Isaiah, 185-186]
This magnificent obsession is a holy obsession. God’s holiness reveals the truth of who he is and who we are, but it doesn’t just leave us where we’re at. Instead of remaining in despair and being crushed because of our unholiness, we can arise in Christ through his glorious work on the cross and resurrection power. It’s the experience of God’s immense grace that gives us longing to follow him and to live in his holiness.
Prayer: Father, thank you for your immense grace. Help me to come into your presence and open my heart to wholly worship you. Grant me a holy obsession that follows your every leading. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Let’s worship to “Holy” (click here) by Matt Redman.