Woe Is Me!
So I 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, The LORD of hosts." '(Isaiah 6:5)
An exalted view of God brings a clear view of sin and a realistic view of self. A diminished view of God brings a reduced concern for sin and an inflated view of self. Isaiah may have been satisfied with his personal holiness until he saw the Lord in His unspeakable glory. Isaiah’s encounter with holy God made him immediately and keenly aware of his own unholiness and the sinfulness of those around him. It is impossible to worship God and remain unchanged. The best indication that we have truly worshiped is a changed heart.
Have we so conformed ourselves to a sinful world that we are satisfied with unholy living? Have we sunk so far below God’s standard that when someone does live as God intended, we consider that person “superspiritual”? If we only compare our personal holiness to those around us, we may be deceived into believing that we are living a consecrated life. Yet when we encounter holy God, our only response can be “Woe is me!”
You will not see those around you trusting Jesus until they recognize a clear difference between you and the rest of the world. God wants to sanctify you as He is holy. When God deals with you, there will be a radical degree of purity about your life that is absolutely different from what the world can produce. The world, including those closest to you, will be convinced you serve a holy God by your consecrated life.
Devotion taken from blackaby.org
I shared in my last update about Brent's last days, and how I wondered how we would react when WE stand in GOD'S presence. My thoughts have been of Brent all day today. (Tomorrow would be his 12th birthday) I was looking for a devotion to share here and I thought the one above was so fitting! It's also REALLY NEAT how it lined up with the post from yesterday. It's so COOL when GOD works like this!
I've been trying to keep busy today so that I didn't think too much. GOD has ALWAYS been our strength and is pouring out HIS MERCY AND GRACE in ABUNDANCE! I CANNOT imagine how people deal with life without JESUS! My heart REJOICES in the fact that not only will we see our SAVIOR one day... we will also be reunited with our loved one who've gone before us! We may not always understand GOD'S thoughts and HIS ways, but we CAN rest in KNOWING that HE KNOWS BEST. How amazing is it that HE LOVES US SO MUCH MORE than any love we've ever experienced here on earth? I can't even wrap my little mind around it!
1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love HIM" —