40 Days of Prayer: Wednesday, March 6
by Brett Karanovich
Christ United Church – Richmond, Indiana
‘In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.’
Isaiah 6:1 NASB
In the first several verses of the prophet’s incredibly descriptive passage in Isaiah 6, we are given this beautiful glimpse of the Lord. I sometimes shudder as I read Isaiah’s vision and contemplate the greatness of His grandeur and ask myself ‘what is my current view of the Lord?’
Years ago, my wife Penny shared this insight with me about the ‘train of his robe.’ When a king went to battle in those days and conquered the opposing forces, it was customary to cut off a portion of the conquered king’s robe and attach it to the robe of the king who won the battle. Isaiah’s vision of the Lord’s train of His robe ‘filling the temple’ was a beautiful and accurate portrait of the many mighty victories He has already won on our behalf.
It must have been difficult for Isaiah to see the Lord in such a way at a time such as this because of King Uzziah’s death.
What is it that might be clouding your vision of the Lord in this season of your faith journey? Will you be like Isaiah and confront whatever uncleanness the Spirit of God would reveal to you and allow the only One who can cleanse you to do His gracious work? Would you then offer yourself back to Him who would be so gracious to you and say as Isaiah ‘here am I Lord, send me?’
According to A.W. Tozer ‘the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at any given time may say or do, but what he, in his deep heart, conceives God to be like…’