Transition of Power

Isaiah 6:1 

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 

 

 

2 Chronicles 26 reveals that “in the year that King Uzziah died,” Uzziah wasn’t king.  He’d grown arrogant, and in his pride incurred God’s resistance.  Yet, Isaiah mourned in the Temple for Uzziah his disgraced and fallen king just the same.  Why?  Because, Isaiah was Uzziah’s scribe thus an important member of Uzziah’s cabinet.  While mourning his dead king and his own fallen status, Isaiah was confronted by the Lord.  And,… in the presence of the Lord,  Isaiah repented, and in doing so he immediately buckled humbly exclaiming “woe is me, I am undone.”  Meaning, “forgive me, I have sinned.”  Isaiah realized that his worship of Uzziah was truly just idolatrous worship of himself.  In contrition, he realizes that he liked what being closely related to Uzziah meant about himself.  He liked the fame it gave him personally.  Have we considered how much we crave the status that comes when are identified with certain ideals, places or people?  Have we considered how much our desire to be identified with them may actually stand in the way of our being identified with Jesus, our Lord? 

 

His repentance reads like this in Isaiah 6:5-7 he says,  

 

“5 “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.” 

6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”   

 

This isn’t necessarily literal, but an illustration of how God cleanses us from sin and removes from our lives the idols leading to condemnation (for those who don’t know Him) or correction (for those that do).  It can be painful, but beautiful and freeing.  In gratitude, Isaiah allowed the Lord to remove from his life the title “the king’s scribe,” as he removed fleshly and sinful leanings, to enlist him in the Lord’s Kingdom as a prophet.  It is incredibly hard to fight the temptation to deny the craving for a platform.   But, when we realize our acceptance in the Lord, much like Isaiah did, those cravings begin to pale due to the goodness of the Lord.     

 

The truly important question is this.  Who has He made you to be?  The real you?!  The one He dreamt of before you were tainted with sin and selfish pursuits?  For Isaiah, it was “prophet of the Lord,” instead of “scribe to the king.”  But, he only found that true as he pressed into time with the Lord Himself.  He had to consciously push away from people and their praise, in order to hear Jesus accurately, and … we do too.  This only came for Isaiah by a transition of power within his own heart, and it only comes to us by that same transition.   

 

My eyes have seen the True King, … the Lord Jesus… and I am His. 


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