May 21, 2018
Isaiah 6:1-5…“And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’” vs. 5
Isaiah’s vision of heaven was overwhelming, and at the center of it all was the Lord sitting on a throne with six-winged seraphs singing praises. The ground shook at their voices, the whole temple was filled with holy smoke, and Isaiah was filled with terror. All this holiness had exposed his sin and filled his soul with a deep sense of unworthiness. If we’re honest, that’s how it would be for any of us in the presence of God’s radical righteousness. None of us could measure up. We get a taste of this from time to time when we’re blessed by the presence of some person who exudes goodness. Everything about them is beautiful…their smile and effervescent joy…their deep and profound faith. Treating all persons with love and affection and kindness is obvious in all they say and do. In an instant we realize our own inadequacies and imperfections. We might aspire to be like them but in our hearts we know that there isn’t a chance. We’ll never attain that kind of purity no matter how hard we might try. Mostly we don’t even have to compare ourselves to anyone–we know innately that our holiness is lacking. Thank God that our faith rests not on our own worthiness, but on God’s goodness. In the Lord there is hope for us all.
Thought for the Day: Someone whose goodness I admire.