"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: March 2

"In the year that king Uzziah died I saw ... the Lord sitting upon a throne ... Then said I, 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 mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts" ~ Isaiah 6:1a, 5
When king Uzziah died, then the prophet Isaiah began to see God as He really is. And when he began to see God, he also began to see himself too --- as he really was! "... I am a man of unclean lips". When God opens our eyes, He opens them so we can see in both directions. We can see God as He is, and we can also see ourselves as we are. One-directional vision is not enough. In fact, we cannot see ourselves as we really are, in need of the Saviour until we see God as He is, in His uncompromising holiness. It is not only unscriptural, it is futile for a Christian to point a condemning finger at someone who is not a Christian. For a Christian to attempt to "break someone of a habit" is ridiculous. Only the Holy Spirit, by lighting up the face of Jesus Christ, can convince a man or woman of unclean lips. Only the Holy Spirit can convince a Christian that, even with the "correct doctrine", he also may be a man of unclean lips dwelling in the midst of people of unclean lips. Oh, my brothers and my sisters, let us look at God as He was in Christ, "high and lifted up" on the Cross, with our sin breaking His pure heart as He prayers for us and pours out His blood that we may no longer be "undone"! Our part is not to point accusing fingers at those for whom "Uzziah has not yet died". Christ has died for them, and if we but look at Him, we will draw back our fingers and hide our own faces in our hands as we cry:
"Woe is me! ... mine eyes have seen the KING, the LORD of hosts."

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