Isaiah 6:3, records Isaiah seeing and hearing what the seraphim were saying to each other. “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
I was struck by this thought, while viewing the Instagram pictures my daughter Jana shares from the Holland’s faith journey throughout the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. You can see for yourself on https://www.instagram.com/thehollands/.
To mind the gap regarding Isaiah’s own twistedness, God shows Isaiah that glory and he’s convicted of being unclean before the Lord of hosts. Isaiah recognizes he is lost, has unclean lips, and dwells in the mist of a people of unclean lips. How was he able to understand that? He said, “…for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Broken and contrite, Isaiah suddenly connects with God after being disconnected from him. Then, God uses the seraphim to take a burning coal to touch Isaiah’s lips and pronounces that his guilt is removed and sin atoned for.
Right after this moment, Isaiah wants to serve the Lord and is commissioned by God to speak with clean lips. But what he is told to say to a people of twisted lifestyles is a warning and yet redemptive.
That’s when it hit me. As beautiful as creation is, the glory of the Lord is about relationships and taking broken, twisted and disconnected people (of which every one is before God just as Isaiah was) to make them whole and clean before him. God has a redemptive heart. His glory is revealed in and about people who fill the whole earth!
As an example of this, check out this video https://www.instagram.com/p/BACUzTQgfKh/?taken-by=thehollands on the Holland’s Instagram site and may 2016 be a year where that glory continues to shine in and with all of you.
Transforming Twisted Thinking will be coming out in an audio book narrated by Jerry Price. Will keep you informed on the publishing date. HOPEFULLY SOON!