“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
In either a vision or reality, God allows Isaiah to see Him sitting on His throne. Isaiah cries out in fear, thinking that he was a dead man for having seen God. Most likely he knew about the verses where God had told Moses that no one can see God and live.
Isaiah was fearing for his life before God. The reason for the fear was that he knew how much sin was in his life. He knew the wrong words that he had spoken. He also knew the corruption of the people he lived around. With knowing this, he had a vision of how holy God really is. He saw angels bowing down and worshipping God, calling Him holy.
Not every person sees God in this way. It is common that a person sees God as just this big guy up in the sky. Or they see Him as just a great buddy who can help them. Others may see Him as just a harsh, mean judge against them.
As Isaiah looked upon God, he did not see any of these things. He saw the holiness of God and realized the blackness of sin in his own life.
People like to look at themselves as a good person. Most do not feel that they are really all that bad.
However, in view of God and His perfect holiness, no one is clean at all. Every person is filthy with sin, regardless of how much or how little the person has sinned. One sin is enough to blacken a person’s life as filthy.
The good news is that God is willing to cleanse you of that sin in your life. Jesus has paid the price for you and is willing to forgive you of all sin. Jesus will make your life white as snow, if you allow Him too.
How doe you see God?
Do you see Him in His holiness?
Or do you see Him as just a great big buddy?
I pray today that God will give you a vision of who He is; that you will see the holiness of God; that you will know the filth of your sin; and that you will know the cleansing Jesus can give you.
“Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.” Numbers 22:31
Balaam had been asked to curse the Israelites several times by king Balak. Each time Balaam said he had to go before God and see what He wanted him to do. After the third time, God tells him to go.
As he is riding his donkey on the way, the donkey suddenly stops and pushes up against a wall. In anger against the donkey, Balaam strikes the donkey. God opens the mouth of the donkey to tell Balaam that he (the donkey) was innocent of wrong doing. God then opens the eyes of Balaam to see the angel of the Lord in the road about to strike him down.
Although God allowed Balaam to go with Balak, He was not happy about it. Balaam had pushed God to allow him to go. He knew all along that God did not really want him to go.
People will often approach God in prayer about a situation asking for His permission to have or do something that they really know God does not want them to have or do. They keep praying over and over, until God finally gives them what they are asking for.
Balaam had been greedy about getting some money and was willing to do just about anything to get it, including going against God, even though he said he could only do what God wants.
There may be things in your life that you want. You keep begging God for an answer to that item or situation, while knowing what God really wants. Many times God will finally give it to you.
However, there may be a price to getting it. God may put an angel in your path to strike you down. God may not physically kill you, but He may take something else in your life or allow your life to become miserable.
If you stay in God’s Word and pray daily, you will know God’s will for you life in many areas. When you know that will, do not try to ask God for something outside of it. Don’t push God.
See what God is doing and follow that path. Don’t allow yourself to get struck down.
I pray today that you will see God; that you will know God’s plan for you; that you will follow God’s plans; and that you will stay in God’s favor.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
Many believers would love to a have a vision of God. They would like to know and hear God better. Yet, as they go through life many do not know and hear God better.
In this verse Jesus states that to see God your heart must be pure. What does this mean?
The heart is often represented to show what you desire and follow after. In the world people often follow after fame or fortune or things. The common desire is for self.
Most people are seeking to find what they can for themselves. This can even be disguised behind the belief it is for the family. Men will work extreme long hours to get enough money to provide for his family. The provision will be an extra-large house, the newest cars and elite college for their children. In all it is often to make themselves look good because their family looks good. Rarely is it for God or others.
Faults can even be found in the church. Some will do a ministry, not because they are called by God to do it, or a desire to reach the lost or build a new believer, but to look God. Very often it is trying to be on good terms with God.
The pure in heart will be doing things with the right motive. They will desire only the things of God and for God and His kingdom.
Jesus did not try to build a large house and gain things in this world. His focus was to do God’s will while He was on this earth.
Your heart should be in the same way. God desires you to flee all sin and repent of the sins you have done. He desires you to follow Him with all of your heart. He desires you to serve others as though you are serving Him. He desires for you to obey Him in everything. He desires you to be His witness wherever you go.
Where is your heart today? Is it pure? Or does it have wrong desires and motives? Ask God to show you how pure your heart really is. Ask God to give you a clean, pure heart.
I pray today that God will change your heart; that you will seek God with all of your heart; that the desires of your heart will be to follow God only; and that you will see God.