Just Out of Sight
In the year that King Uzzi′ah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6 Then flew one of the seraphim to me, having in his hand a burning coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin forgiven.” 8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
God’s people were told to trust in God alone as the source of their security and joy in life. Yet Ahaz, Judah’s king, has made an alliance with Assyria to secure the security of the nation. In the face of this, God gives the prophet Isaiah a vision. In it he sees the unfiltered majesty of the living God. In fairness to Ahaz, it’s easy to place trust in the chariots and spears of Assyria: those he can see. It feels far riskier to trust in God whom we can’t see.
This leads me to ask myself: what do I trust in for my security and joy?
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