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Woe is Me

Isaiah 6:1-5

Verse 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.”

Today we look at what happened in the life of Isaiah the year that King Uzziah died. As is the case with any leader, if they get off pace spiritually the people under them will likely get of course too. Judah was no different. But God hadn’t forgotten His chosen people and just as the priests had to confront King Uzziah, God was getting ready to confront His people.

God chooses to reveal something that will completely change Isaiah’s life. This isn’t Isaiah’s first vision from God but God is intensifying this vision by giving a glimpse of God’s throne room. This is a peek at the worship that is constantly going on in Heaven. Isaiah was seeing worship in its purest form. This was indeed pure praise.

It was so pure in fact that it further emphasized Who was sitting on the throne. The unending chorus of God’s holiness causes an earthquake type shaking of the heavenly temple and the entire building is filled with smoke. This could have no other effect on Isaiah than to see just how unholy he and the people whom he lives among are.

The purity of God’s holiness is so contrasted to the filth of our sin that when we see Him for who He truly is we can’t help but see ourselves for who we truly are, men and women of unclean lips. Isaiah had the response we should all have, “woe is me!” Other Bible translations put it in such ways as, “I’m undone’ or “I’m finished”. No matter how it is phrased it all comes down to realizing that without God’s great mercy we have no hope of survival in this world or the next. It was in God’s presence that Isaiah saw the truth about himself. Only by seeing God for who He is, can we see ourselves for who we are.

Making It Personal

Have you ever looked at God’s holiness to evaluate yourself? How did you measure up? Do you worship God knowing how much you don’t deserve His grace?

Making It Personal Kids

Find something black from around your house and something white. How different are the colors of these two items? Which one is brighter? Which one would represent God? Which one would represent your sin?

Closing Prayer

Father God, we aren’t worthy to be in Your presence. You are so holy and we are so filthy. Father, thank You for sending Your Son to shed His blood so that we can be washed as white as snow. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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