When We See God
Posted: Saturday, September 10
2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Verse of the day:
“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.” (Isaiah 6:5)
The clearer we see God, the clearer we see ourselves.
We can compare ourselves to how we used to be and feel pretty good. We can compare ourselves to others and again we can feel superior. But when we see God clearly, like Isaiah, we see ourselves with much greater clarity. We see our brokenness and the effects of sin pollution all around us and in us. Isaiah says ‘woe to me! I am ruined!’
Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever been overwhelmed by your sin? It may not be a bad thing.
When Isaiah saw the majesty of God, there came a desire to be used of God, to have a part in God's glorious work. There is no greater feeling than to be used of God. But when Isaiah became aware of that desire, he also became aware that he was not fit to be used; he would mess everything up if he tried. This is not a pleasant way to feel, but it is a very hopeful place at which to arrive, because pride will prevent God from using us, while humility opens us to the activity of God.
Have you ever felt like Isaiah? Have you ever said ‘woe is me’? If so thank God for it, for God never uses anybody without first bringing them to an awareness of their own weakness and sin. God will then cleanse us and commission us for his purposes.