Isaiah chapter six opens with one of the most astounding statements in Scripture as we find Isaiah is literally standing in the presence of God!
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Verse two quickly whisks our attention away to the details of the story.
It’s important for us to know about the wings of the seraphim, the doorposts shaking, and the smoke in the temple. It’s all too incredible!
Did we mention that Isaiah is standing in the presence of God!
The scene continues to unfold as Isaiah interacts with an angel. Again more details, was it one of the angel’s from above the throne or was it another angel, what did the coal represent theologically?
By the way, Isaiah is standing in the presence of God!
And we can’t forget some of the most recognized words in Christianity, “Who will go?” “Here am I Lord send me!”
Oh and did we mention; Isaiah is standing in the presence of God?
We have to wonder, how many of the struggles we face in life come from the fact that we are so concerned with the details of life, that we miss the presence of God in our lives?
Are we more awestruck by the angel, the smoke and the coal, than we are with the thought of being in His presence?
We devour the theological or biblical truths to be gained, but they are useless without His presence!
The most troubling part of this story is that as Christians, we live our lives in the presence of God, yet we seldom experience His presence.
Three things from this story that can distract us from the presence of God in our lives.
1. Our Present
Our focus on the details of Isaiah’s story should serve as a warning to us. It is very easy to get so distracted by the external circumstances of our lives, that we overlook the work that God is wanting to do within us.
It would be so much easier if God’s presence was an app we could download. But if our desire is to be in God’s presence, it will require the full attention of our presence.
We must look past our present if we are to experience God’s presence.
2. Our Past
Isaiah was sure he was doomed! He understood that what came out his lips was a reflection of what was in his sinful heart. He was basically saying, “I’m a sinner! There is no way I can survive being in the presence of God!”
Our past tells us that we are not worthy to be in the presence of God, and on our own, we are not. But because of what Christ did, we are! In Christ, we have been cleansed!
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
We don’t have to fear being in God’s presence and we never will!
3. Our Purpose
Sometimes we don’t sense God’s presence because we are avoiding it. We don’t want to hear what God has to say.
Most of us have experienced a time when our plans and God’s plans didn’t match up. While God’s calling and purpose in our lives cannot be ignored, we can do a pretty good job of avoiding it.
So many people have used Isaiah’s response to portray a great step of faith, but if Isaiah is witnessing the power and presence of God, how else is he going to respond?
When we are aware of the power and presence of God in our lives, obedience is the natural response to that presence.
The details of that day didn’t distract Isaiah. He was focused on one thing; he was in the presence of God! It’s not difficult to pay attention at a time like that.
How many of the details in our day to day lives distract us from the presence of God that dwells within us?
Write down three things that are distracting you from His presence today. Ask God to help you set them aside for a while so that you can enjoy His presence!