DIRECTLY WITH GOD
Monday, September 25, 2017
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"I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit…" Isaiah 57:15

Isaiah was one of five Major Prophets who began his ministry in what was probably the latter part of King Uzziah's reign. Uzziah was a man who sought after God, and God gave him widespread victory and great success. He became a role model for the youth of the nation, and quite possibly a hero to Isaiah. But, sadly, he faltered. 2 Chronicles 26:16 says, "But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple to burn incense on the altar of incense." Only a priest was permitted that privilege, and as Uzziah raged at the priests trying to stop him, God struck him with leprosy. He lived out the rest of his days in seclusion.

Isaiah, Chapter Six begins, "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne high and exalted…" Before Isaiah could experience God in His holiness, an obstacle had to be removed. This verse suggests King Uzziah was that obstacle. In his early years of ministry, Isaiah might have been mesmerized by Uzziah, and his own dealings with God second-hand. Another possibility is that Isaiah was not mesmerized, but disillusioned. Maybe he did know about Uzziah's downfall, and was hugely disappointed, greatly shaking his own confidence.

It can happen very easily that we look to other people as being an intermediary between God and ourselves. Part of God's purpose is that we spiritually nurture one another, but until we recognize that we have direct access to God with an expectancy of Him speaking to us and working in our lives, all we have is a second-hand relationship with no real experience of God. There are also those who have turned away from God because they have been hurt by someone they considered a spiritual mentor. Ironically, the bigger problem often comes from churched people, and the sad thing is that usually the one turning away never really knew God, but has only known the church.

It is when Isaiah personally meets with God that his view of God, of himself, his work and the world changes. We cannot orchestrate such a meeting. We first need to come in humility and repentance before God, because it is in the contrite heart that God makes His home. As He does so, our minds and hearts are being reformed in a deeply personal way. What becomes a priority to us is the will of God in our lives where we truly experience Him, and for that to take place, it is essential we deal with God directly.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for the deep fulfillment and joy I have in my relationship with You. May I always look to You and Your will taking place in my life. Thank You, God.


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