The Presence of God
“Then I said, ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts”
If ever a prophet uttered a summation of the divine and human relationship, Isaiah does it here. The Lord of hosts exists in His own perfection, and the masses of humanity exist in a world of mutually imperfect people. How, then, can one who is human lay eyes on the Divine One and live.
Isaiah is overwhelmed as he comes into the Divine Presence and beholds scenes ordinary men are not meant to see. He is evidently in the midst of a “confirmation session” from God when he suddenly becomes aware of God’s overpowering presence, an awareness that brings him to his knees as he contrasts his own unworthiness to “The Lord of hosts.”
In less dramatic settings, we today must similarly reach a point in our lives when we realize God’s presence and assess how unworthy we are of His love and mercy that provided a way for us to avoid condemnation and to come to live with Him some day.
"Thought for the Week - 10/19/2014" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.