Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I Saw the Lord!

Isa 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. 2  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5  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 was blessed with a rare experience, the chance to have a vision of God in His glory.

Our imaginations are limited. We see, hear, feel, touch and hear with limited, fleshly senses. It is believed by many that, in glory, our senses will be heightened exponentially. For example, here, we see in 3 dimensions. In heaven, more dimensions are conceivable. Our eyes presently detect a spectrum that may be just a fraction of the colors that exist in heaven. I know my hearing is limited, just ask my  wife about that! That's what happens when a .12 guage goes off next to your ear. But in heaven, I believe that I will hear things I could never comprehend here below.

It is written that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for them that love Him. As the song writer aptly said, the half cannot be fancied this side the golden shore, oh there He'll be still sweeter than He ever was before. Yes, heaven and, therefore God are presently beyond the scope of our limited imaginations.

How can we imagine God? He is, in essence, Spirit, yet He occupies a throne. We are assured that we will see Him, but in what form? With what glory? Scripture forbids us making graven images of Him, the reasons being that no artist could begin to capture His true essence and when the attempt is made, folks would end up worshiping the artist's creation rather than the Creator. In other words, no artificer's hand could do justice. Yet, we tend see God in relation to our experience and imagination.

Some picture Him as a stern heavenly Father, others, as some type of glorified cop. Still others, as some warm and fuzzy, bearded old chap.

But Isaiah was privileged to see Him as He is. What did it do for Isaiah? It changed everything! He saw glory that is unimaginable and therefore himself as incorrigible. He realized his own need and the need of the sinful people whom he lived amongst. It made him volunteer to be a missionary and prophet. Once he received his cleansing, it put him in closer proximity to His Lord. It caused him to be a humble and obedient servant to the Lord.

You too can see God as He really is, not just once you cross death's river, but here on earth...by feasting on the Word of God daily and by getting to know Jesus more and more. For He said, If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.

I pray that we will all see the Lord in the pages of Holy Writ and, someday soon, face to face.

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