To prepare for the coming of our King, we are tasked with asking ourselves the hard questions and looking deep within. Today’s meditation comes from The Coming King by Matt Capps, LifeWay Christian Resources 2016In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and His robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1
From 2 Chronicles 26 we know that Uzziah’s reign was prosperous. But neither he nor the people handled it well. For years, Uzziah lived in alienation and separation under divine displeasure. The old saying, “as the king goes, so do the people.” As his death approached, he appeared to be unrepentant and un-cleansed. Thus, as death closed in on King Uzziah, it served as a symbol of the plight and problem with Israel as a whole. This was the end of an age of prosperity, a significant turning point in the history of the people. The death of Uzziah was a national event, in the sense that it affected an entire people.
Jarring events like this tend to shake us out of complacency and look with fresh eyes. What are you really living for? What really matters? And sadly, it takes a life-changing event to provoke the question. For Isaiah, when the 50-year earthly reign of the king was coming to its end, the focus was shifted back to God. And it was abrupt.
After this Isaiah saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah has a profound encounter with “the Lord sitting upon a throne,” where His splendor and glory are revealed. God’s glory is Him going public with His holiness—His absolute sovereign separateness. When confronted with a vision of God, it causes you to question your own purpose. It’s crucial to realize that you either glorify God, or you glorify something or someone else.
What is the thing that, if taken away from you, would bring you to despair? That is what you are living for. If we were to watch a video recording of your life this past week, what would we conclude is the most important thing to you? What drives all of your life decisions? This shows you what really matters to you. What is most important? Seeing the glory of God sets everything in its right perspective.