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October 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Woe Factor
'...I saw the Lord sitting on a throne...' Isaiah 6:1 NKJ

It’s absolutely impossible to have a real encounter with God and not be changed by it. Just look at Isaiah, and in particular Isaiah 6:1–5. After meeting with God, Isaiah said, ‘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 my eyes have seen the King.’ (Isaiah 6:1–5 NKJV) Heavy, yes. But the point is, Isaiah’s entire outlook turned around after one encounter with God. The guy was ‘undone’! You see, as soon as Isaiah gets a glimpse of God’s holiness, he immediately understands himself and his own mistakes. Butcher–turned–writer Simon Ponsonby puts it like this: ‘God doesn’t tell Isaiah he is sinful—He doesn’t need to. As light reveals darkness, God’s holiness exposes man’s sinfulness… he never saw it before, but then he had never seen God before.’ It all starts with seeing, with light coming to shine into darkness. That’s why it’s good to confess our mistakes to God and, in some circumstances, to other trustworthy Christians—asking God to shine that light, and allowing others to see it can help a whole lot. This is one of the (not–so–secret) secrets of finding a way past sin, and making positive changes to become more like Jesus. We all prefer others to see our ‘wow’ rather than our ‘woe’, but letting God shine a light into our darkest places is essential for our holiness.

SoulFood: Exo 36-38; John 4:39-54; Ps 87; Pro 27:4-6

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd

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